Give them a chance
Sunday Mail : Cast adrift by racism
18 October 2009
IT IS not often that I am embarrassed to be Australian. I know that this country is like no other – full of exuberance, creativity and good hard-working people.
But I am cringing now. It has been a slow build to the embarrassment I currently feel. As boatload after boatload of illegal immigrants continue to be intercepted on their way here from Indonesia, I want to cry.
The current situation involving 32 Tamil Sri Lankans in Indonesia was the last straw for me. Watching a nine-year-old girl quite literally beg for her future was far too much to bear.
She was eloquent and beautiful. She and her people have been forced to flee a country where they face execution if they return, based on their caste. The Indonesian Government has been forced to look after them in the interim because we have said don’t bother sending them here.
With her on that boat were beautiful little boys with innocent faces and their hardened, desperate parents who just want a roof over their heads somewhere safe.
Yet none of that means a pinch of anything to those in government who persist with an antiquated immigration policy which is, at its core, racist. More