Disaster in Australia

In 2009 and 2011 there were disasters, and we opened our hearts. In 2013 there was a disaster, and we turned our backs. What is wrong with us?

In 2009 there was a disaster.
173 people lost their lives. Many more lost possessions and houses.
The Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition united in calling for support.
Australians opened their hearts and their wallets, and donated $379 million to the victims in Victoria.

In 2011 there was a disaster.
38 people lost their lives. Many more lost possessions and houses.
The Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition united in calling for support.
Australians opened their hearts and their wallets, and in a single day raised over $30 million for the victims in Queensland.

In 2013 there was a disaster.
39 people lost their lives. Since 2000, over 1400 have died. Many more have lost not just possessions and houses, but jobs, friends and their culture. They have lost their countries. Of the hundreds of thousands fleeing death, torture and oppression, a few thousand have tried to seek asylum in Australia. Ninety percent of these are judged by us to be genuine refugees.

The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition have united in denying them asylum. Instead of calling for support, the Prime Minister ran from the press, and calls them “illegal”, which is a lie.

Australians have closed their hearts, and more than half of us think that what we are doing is right, and fair. Australia ranks 87th in the world (by wealth) in generosity to refugees. We care more about where we come in the Olympics than how we help others in desperate need.

What is wrong with us, and what is wrong with our leaders?

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