Buddies 'Letters to the editor'

TO: Sunshine Coast Daily

FROM: John Salter

DATE: 26 October 2016

 

Positive vibes

It was great to be at the Welcome Walk at Cotton Tree Park on Friday.

The march is a declaration of welcome to refugees but it's also a positive gesture towards multiculturalism. In fact, the march itself represented the great diversity of culture that Australia really is.

At one extreme, and leading the march was a Brazilian band, complete with exotic dancers, and at the other, the new Imam was there marching too.

It was great to see them marching together for justice and humanity.

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TO: Sunshine Coast Daily
FROM: Bronwyn Bell
DATE: 23 September 2016


Muslim population does not make us a target

Keith Whiteside’s Islamophobic rants are as tiresome as they are ignorant. His attack on Malcolm Turnbull’s assertion that Australia is indeed a successful multicultural nation is based on nothing more than his usual prejudice and cherry-picking of the facts (Daily, September 18)… read in full

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TO: Sunshine Coast Daily (prospective)
FROM: Eveline Goy
DATE: 19 September 2016

Abuse of children in detention

I am sorry that Mr Glen Elmes MP is outraged at the LNP being labelled ‘child abusers’. I am also not surprised that Mr Joe Schlegeris, from the Greens, realised the sensitivity of this accusation and ‘made sure that it (the offending tweet) was removed instantly’... read in full

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TO: Sunshine Coast Daily

FROM: Joan Gillies

DATE: 16 August 2016

Face Reality

We are not a cruel nation, just a population of disengaged people that do not want to know what is going on in detention centres on Nauru and Manus island. I urge people to Google the Nauru files to get a horrific picture of what is happening to vulnerable people in our name...

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TO: Sunshine Coast Daily

FROM: Fergus FitzGerald

DATE: March 2016

Response to grass-roots groups on refugees and mosques:

Group talks refugees, mosques; by Sunshine Coast Safe Communities

The article on 16 March, quotes a spokesperson from Safe Communities Australia incorrectly asserting that: “Refugee Buddies, a pro-refugee pressure group, had …in the past declar[ed] Australia as ‘the most depraved of all nations in the world in the way we treat refugees’”.

   In fact, Buddies was quoting a prominent church leader... read in full

 

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TO: The Australian

FROM: Ted Webber

DATE: 29 October 2015

 

Department of Inhuman Services

In Canberra there is a Department of Human Services. This led me to wonder if there is also a Department of Inhuman Services? Now I realise that it is represented by the (anti-) Immigration Department led by Peter Dutton as Minister for Pain and Despair... read in full

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TO: Sunshine Coast Daily

FROM: Margaret Landbeck 

DATE: 1 October 2015

 

Where's our humanity?

IT SEEMS to me that the government is operating under incredible double standards when it agrees (commendably in my opinion) to help in the current humanitarian crisis in Europe by offering safe haven in Australia for Syrian refugees fleeing from the conflict in their land... read in full

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TO: Sunshine Coast Daily

FROM: Michael Broer

DATE: 21 September 2015

 

Addiction to war

Whether we count ourselves among those who wish to welcome refugees into our country, or those who would fear and shun them, all with a conscience would agree that the global refugee crisis is one we wish we didn’t have.... read in full

Letters from local Year 3 and 4 students

29 October 2015

 

Dear Immigration Minister

 

I strongly believe that all refugees should be allowed in no matter what way they came here and these are my reasons …

   Firstly they risk their lives to come here and all they get is the same sad life again!     How would you feel if you gave all your money to come here and you get sent back?

   Secondly they are not the ones to be arrested. There are bad men who smuggle them in for their money. So go out there and start arresting those men. So what are you doing standing around. Change the law!

 

– Campbell, Year 3

 

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To the Immigration Minister

 

You must change your ways, somewhere in your heart you must think over your rule and the refugees don’t know that the smugglers are tricking them.

   It shouldn’t matter what they use to come here it shouldn’t change anything. I have met refugees and they are kind and innocent.

   They are sacrificing a lot for their family to have the life they never had. Why is it so bad to come on a boat. You’re being mean and I strongly believe that you should change the rule.

 

– Kind regards, Chilli, Year 3

 

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To the Immigration Minister

 

We stand against your decision because the people who come on boats are normal people but you treat them like they’re not human. You don’t actually listen to their story.

   These refugees have harder lives than you. Some of their families have died and they are really kind and lovely people. What if it was you? You know absolutely nothing about how they have been living their lives. Their lives are not as good as yours. 

   Lots of people around you and I disagree with you. The refugees don’t know the people who smuggle them in to our country are tricking them and taking their money. They are taking a big risk to help their family get a life they never had. If it was you would you not have loved your family and do everything for them?  They love their family more than themselves. 

   You should think about what you are doing. 

 

– Millie, Year 3

 

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To the Immigration Minister

 

I certainly believe that you should never have made refugees go to detention. How would you like it if it was you?

   Why did you change the law when you said and signed a piece of paper to say that any refugees could come here? Just think about people who risk their life to come.        BUT how would people get on planes because there may be none. (They don’t have enough money) Even if they are not Australian, let them have freedom and money.

   And that’s why you should let any refugee come and be free in Australia.

 

– Ryan, Year 3

 

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To the Immigration Minister

 

I believe that refugees should still be allowed to live in Australia even if they come on a boat.

   These people were living in a violent war where lots of their friends and family were killed or kidnapped. Just think how horrible it would be to live in a terrible war.

   If they live in Indonesia, they can't get educated and can’t get a job so they can't earn money get a house and be happy. If you don't learn, you'll never understand what's going on around you.

   You changed the law and the refugees already here and happy that came on a boat can't be happy any more. I've met refugees and they deserve to be free and happy and own a house and get a job.

   So please let the refugees be able to be free.

 

– Libby, Year 3

 

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To the Immigration Minister

 

Most people would agree that it is unfair that people who come on boats are not allowed to be free in Australia because they don’t have much money.

   The people are running because they are scared and don’t want to be attacked or hurt. It is so unfair what you are doing.

   Australia has a lot of room and they could do some very good things and help a lot of people.

   So I think you should change your mind and start again.

 

– Bailey, Year 4

 

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Dear Immigration Minister,

 

You should let the refugees live here and be free and make them Australian Citizens because of these reasons:

   They were living in a violent place and lots of their family and friends were killed.

   We should also let them be free and do what they want to do.  Also let them be like us and be able to get a house and a job.

If you say they could live and wait in Indonesia they can’t go to school or they can’t get a job and they won’t be happy there.

So as you can see you should let them in.

 

– Libby, Eliza and Anna, Year 3

 

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To The Immigration Minister,

 

I think that refugees should be able to stay in Australia because they are nice people and they want a happy life.

Refugees should be able to stay in Australia even if they came on a boat, it doesn’t matter.

 

– Callum, Year 4

 

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To The Immigration Minister

 

If this law goes on, all the refugees who you have said can be a refugee can stay now but can’t own a house or live like others.  They are in a state of confusion and distress and if you don’t change the law their lives will change forever.

In their countries some of these people are in indescribable fear of being killed or captured so giving all their money to escape is not bad.

You should not just accept the ones that come in planes you must accept all, no matter what source of transport they are using.  They are all in the same boat.

I understand you completely but I think that there is a better way to sort this out for example, you could tell them the safest way to go, warn them about the risks they may take and just give them an open hand.

 

– Helen, Year 3

 

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Dear Immigration Minister,

 

We disagree what you are doing to the refugees because they don’t know that smugglers are tricking them and it shouldn’t matter what way they are going to use to come here.  They are taking all this risk to make sure their family has a life they have never had.

 

– Evelyn and Chilli, Year 3

 

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To The Immigration Minister,

 

We stand against your decision on not letting refugees be free.  We think refugees should stay and be free forever and ever in Australia.  Everybody should live in peace no matter how they get here.  Those people who came on boats have been through a hard time and you are being a bad person.  What if it was you?  No matter what they do they probably were really joyful people and kind and if you do something good you will do some great things in your life and be rewarded.  Those people have lives to be finished.  Make sense of that!

 

– Leela, Cielo and Millie, Year 3

 

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To The Immigration Minister,

 

Do you know that these people leave because family members are being killed, shot, bombed and forced to kill just because the killers had a different religion.

Do you know that people smugglers say “Give us all your money and we will take you to Australia and you will be free and be happy and have a better life” BUT they are lying, they forced them to get on the boat even if it sinks or gets smashed to bits.

Do you know some people don’t survive, two of my friends, Reza and Marco survived but their cousin and baby drowned?  We can help them by letting them become Australian citizens.

Do the right thing! Help them have a better life.

 

– Rowan, Year 3

 

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Dear Immigration Minister,

 

It is not fair because if they go back to their country they might die.  They should be in a safe place so they can live their life in peace.  This is why they should come to our country.

 

– Darcy and Ryan, Year 3

 

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To the Immigration Minister

 

Asylum seekers should be allowed in our country because they might die in their country.  The rules we have aren’t fair.  You should let them have a better life.  They don’t deserve to be treated this way.  Their country is at war so let them stay in Australia.  They are nice people not bad. 

 

– Campbell, Ryan and Lucas, Year 3

2018 Buddies Refugee Support Group

Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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