In english class, we’ve been reading a book about refugees called ‘Boy Overboard’. We have to write a letter to someone who we think is responsible. We debated about this problem, and I was on the ‘against’ side. So, I decided to write a letter to the PM, Ms. Julia Gillard . Here is my letter:
December 13th, 2011
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Canberra ACT 2600
Dear Ms. Julia Gillard,
My name is Sherry Novanka Tania and I’m a student from Sinarmas World Academy. Many people think that it’s Australia’s responsibility to take care of the refugees. Nonetheless, think about all the problems they would cause if we keep letting refugees into Australia.
Personally, I think that refugees should not be let into Australia. Although Australia is one of the active members in the UN, letting in the refugees could cause problems such as tax, racism conflict, and crimes. Therefore, please do think about the problems these refugees could cause.
To begin with, let’s talk about taxes. A lot of refugees are being let in to Australia everyday. They go to Australia to seek asylum, to have a better life and a better home. To have a better life and a good home they need money. Moreover, In most cases, refugees don’t have any money when they get to Australia. This means that the government of Australia have to spend tax money on the refugees. It’s not only shelter and food the government have to spend the tax money on, their kids also need proper education and medical care. However, I think that it is not fair for the Australians because they were the one who paid tax money to the government so they can make Australia a better place for the citizens.
Furthermore, most refugees that Australia is letting in are from Muslim countries like, Afghanistan, Irak, Iran, and Somalia. We all know that a lot of conflicts have been going on between the the west culture and the Muslim culture. A similar case that has been going on in France. In France, the government banned women from wearing burqa that triggers demonstrations by the immigrants. The same problem could happen in Australia. And when more Muslim refugees come to Australia, the demonstrations will get bigger and bigger and riots will begin. Australia will be in a chaotic situation. Another case is in Indonesia. A riot happened between the Chinese and the Muslims that was caused by job problems. Well, It is sometimes true that combining two different cultures can benefit us in different aspects, though a lot of conflicts will follow it. Besides, I am pretty sure that you don’t want Australia in a chaotic state.
In addition, refugees that we are letting in are doing crimes in Australia because refugees that moved in to Australia came from a country in a war condition that has no strict laws. It takes time for the refugees to adapt to a country like Australia. These crimes will increase the amount of criminals in Australia, making the citizens feel unsafe. Again, Australia have strict laws, and for the younger ones, they probably never experience a life with law which increases the possibility of doing crime. As an example, a 19 year old Somali refugee did an armed robbery with violence and another Somali that did 2 knife attacks. These crimes are very dangerous for the Australians and should not be happening and will never happen if we stop letting in the refugees.
In conclusion, I think that the refugees should not be let in to Australia because they would cause so much problems and they have a lot of negative impacts to the citizens. Even though I’m Indonesian and you may think that it is non of my problems, but I think it is a big problem that needs to be solved. Again I repeat, we should not let them in. Think again. Do you want Australia to be in a chaotic state? Do you want to be accused of stealing money from the Australians? Do you want more crimes happening in Australia? Do you want more problems? I hope you can think about my opinions and thoughts. Thank you for your attention.
Sherry Novanka Tania