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C Pruul, Ocean Shores

Not hard to see our political establishments are prioritising climate change and refugees – as though they are the main concerns of Australians. Really? What about electricity, childcare costs, flogging our natural resources and infrastructure to foreign nations?

Let’s start with our own refugees – the homeless! About 117,000 to be exact – men, women, and children. Charity starts at home! Often you hear the word refugees in the media.

How many times these past 12 months have you seen someone from the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Streetsmart, soup kitchen talking about the plight of the homeless?

How would you like it if you were a homeless person or child living on the streets, freezing cold, then got news that some offshore refugees arrived in the city today with a package a homeless person could only dream of: free housing, medical, dental, white-goods package, free car, and a cash bonus.

Check the Freedom of Information act! I am not saying that is right or wrong, however. Would the same privileges be available for our homeless?

Now I want to make it quite clear I have empathy for all displaced peoples of the world, and volunteer a considerable amount of time and funds to the less fortunate in this wonderful country.

It’s about time this current government, newspapers, social media, all media local and national did more – excluding the Reason party who leads by example for the homeless. Congrats to Fiona Patton.

Let’s do more.

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