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Better boats for asylum seekers

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Jim Nutter, Main Arm

Both major political parties would have us believe that their main focus in the people smuggling/boat people saga is the saving of the lives of asylum seekers and breaking the business plan of the smugglers.

Has anyone considered the leasing of foreign-registered tourist ships and turning them into floating cities which have all the benefits of cities with facilities for processing, education, training, childcare and cultural exchange? We don’t have to punish the already traumatised. We can give them an experience that tourists pay for, at a much lower cost internationally, politically and economically than the off-shore gulags.

The ships would come in every so often to our territorial boundaries and transfer the processed candidates to an Australian vessel while re-provisioning.

If we really care about the plight of traumatised refugees we would give them a civilised (and civilising) experience, a healing experience, a dignified experience.


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Thanks to Alison Drover for her informative article in last week’s Echo regarding the growing number of dogs in the Shire to be managed...

Responsible dog owner

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Dogs need control

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