Serge Killingbeck, South Ballina
The major parties haven’t raised a single logical, rational argument why we need to stop refugees getting here by boat.
Even all the SOLAS arguments say we should get them off those death traps and to dry land (Australia) as quickly possible, not return them to the vagaries of the open ocean and, knowingly, potentially to their deaths.
These people are seeking asylum from persecution; regional businesses want them to fill the gaps in employment and they are outnumbered by genuinely illegal immigrants who arrive by plane with no legitimate legal claim to stay by hundreds to one. Yet we are spending billions on stopping this non-existent ‘problem’. Two words must occur to Labor and Liberal politicians as they step off the podium from yet another ‘stop the boats’ media moment – ‘sucked in’.