Asylum seekers are invited to come here
LETTER OF THE DAY: RE: GEOFF Cass, of Tewantin (See letter below). You are right we do not have an adequate health system and many Australians are not being looked after as they should.
It is a blight on our government that people who cannot operate within our limited social and economic structure are forced to barely survive on the streets (not to mention everyday Australians who simply cannot afford adequate medical treatment).
However, regarding persecuted people seeking asylum in Australia not being "invited to come here", I will point you to the Commonwealth Migration Act 1958 section 36.
Section 36 regards protection visas for people who require protection from things like the death penalty, torture, inhumane treatment, degrading treatment (2A) etc.
In my opinion this is an "invitation" to people who require our protection. We live in a very fortunate situation here in Australia, and as such we often may find it difficult to comprehend what some people, in less fortunate situations, are faced with on a day-to-day basis, for example, in many countries, simply writing this letter, expressing our opinions may be deemed an illegal act.
It is no wonder these people don't have a passport or visa, as it is most likely impossible for them to obtain these documents in their country.
WE READ and hear about the many doctors bemoaning the lack of sufficient medical attention for the asylum seekers on Christmas Island, in Papua New Guinea and on Manus Island.
In reply, I would like to bemoan the lack of most of the needed facilities for so many Australians, so many who have to live on the streets.
Let's get something clear: none of the asylum seekers was invited to come here.
Not one of them was able to show our authorities a passport or anything else to properly identify themselves.
So when we already have a lengthy list of people who have passed all the checks and have been pre-approved to come here, but are currently living overseas awaiting their turn to come, why on earth should we even think about considering allowing these asylum seekers (actually nothing of the sort, just economic hopefuls) free entry in to Australia, and be given the same facilities that Aussie citizens are entitled to?
GEOFF CASS Tewantin