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Refugee Agreement Needs the Chop

Reader comment on item: [Australia's] Crisis of illegal immigration

Submitted by Robinoz (Australia), Dec 31, 2009 at 00:09

Many of the refugees who come to Australia have passed through other countries that are not signatories to the UN Treaty on Refugees. Some of the so-called "refugees' have lived in Indonesia for up to eight years, so they aren't refugees in any sense. Most have paid large sums of money to get onto boats to Australia.

The are economic refugees ... they are targeting our over generous welfare and legal system and to that end, a significant proportion of the Australian taxpaying and voting public don't want them here. We spend enough on our own unworking, idle welfare recipients.

Unfortunately, governments worry about what other countries think and don't carry out the wishes of the Australian people. We need a referendum to determine whether we continue our refugee agreement and on several other issues, but the government knows the people would win, so it won't have one.


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