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Would you welcome a refugee into your home?

Posted 2 years.

21 Comments

  • 748gyvk - 2 years ago

    Wow you guys are full of assumptions.I have opened my home to both an Australian homeless person and Muslim refugees.Want to know what happened? The homeless person paid only the first weeks rent, then left full of excuses many weeks in arrears with a family history of drugs and crime, and social services on her tail.The seven different Muslim refugees stayed months to years, showing absolute respect to me as a woman-led household, paid their rent absolutely on time every single one of them every single week, took impeccable care of my possessions, wanted nothing more than to work and study quietly, and become Australians in every sense of the word.They are enormously patriotic, come to visit me on Mothers Day my birthday and Christmas, and call more frequently than my children do to enquire of my welfare.You people make serious errors of judgement if you do not think they would make this country intelligent, noble moral and strong.

  • Marilyn Beech - 2 years ago

    Not all refugees are Muslims. I wonder why some people think that they are. I wonder if they've been manipulated by xenophobic elements, including the media, into conflating 'asylum seeker', 'Muslim' and 'refugee', as if all these terms have the same meaning. During WW II, Polish refugees flooded into Iran. They escaped the Nazis and the Russians, and saw out the War in refugee camps in Iran.

    In Australia, though I am a Christian, most of my friends and many members of my family have no religion at all. Of course, it doesn't stop us enjoying Christmas and Easter together. The Muslims I know are easy to get on with and enjoy seeing my house decorated for Christmas.

    I'd happily host a refugee couple in my home. In 1977 and 1978, I hosted a couple of young Muslim students in my home, and it was a very positive experience for us and them. They were great people. Because they didn't eat pork products, they used different saucepans and frying pans from us, and that was no big deal. I'm vegetarian, so dietary differences are no big deal in our house, either.

    It disturbs me that some Australians also identify Muslims as terrorists, when the truth is that many refugees are fleeing terrorists, and have suffered more from them than anyone. Consider the real terrorism that goes on every day in Australia - and comes to attention when a woman is killed by her partner or a former partner. Domestic violence is terrorism, and killing many more of us than extremist Islam, or extremist Christianity. Even the Lindt Café gunman, Man Haron Monis, could not have done what he did in Martin Place, if he'd been locked up - as he should have been - for 43 charges of assault and suspicion of involvement in his wife's murder. Sixty-seven Australian women are dead in 2015, murdered by their Australian husbands - and I don't think any of those men has been identified as a Muslim.

    I find it very sad that there's a deep ignorance in Australia about what being a refugee or asylum seeker really means. Those of us who were born in this country, and have not faced persecution for our beliefs or our race, or lost our homes through war, really speak from a position of huge, unearned privilege. It's a shame we're not more generous about sharing the freedom and safety we mostly take for granted - but perhaps the fear that lurks in some Australian hearts is a reflection of the knowledge that our forbears, only 227 years ago, came here uninvited and took the whole country away from the people who'd been here for over 40,000 years. Maybe there's a bit of guilt being projected onto refugees by some of these Aussies, who don't know what it's like to have our cities bombed, our schools and homes destroyed, family members arrested for not supporting the government, no freedom and no safety.

    Absolutely every major religion includes the Golden Rule in some iteration or other. 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' This way of being, and of seeing and acting towards our fellow human beings, is spectacularly absent from the nasty, xenophobic comments that have been made about refugees.

  • Hello - 2 years ago

    Wow, i think it is hilarious people think that 'muslims' are 'coming to change our way of life' and 'don't assimilate'.
    It begs the question if they think that - they are removing any justification they have for living in australia since clearly, aboriginals were here first.

    I would love to welcome refugees here! They are fleeing war, as many other australians did. It is racism and ignorance which leads to comments such as 'they are muslims so no' being made. Some are christians. Furthermore, we do not live in a 'christian country'. We live in our country, Australia, which is full of cultural diversity.
    We have no justification or right to turn some people away based on their religion or race. It is proven refugees work harder than non-refugees. We need the economic stimulous. So i say take in a hundred thousand at least!
    At least some, can stay at my house.

  • G Roos - 2 years ago

    No way would I help out ANY foreigner before helping out a fellow Aussie. Our country's first duty is to its Aussie citizens and there are alot who are homeless and need our support.
    Besides which, we are aware that Muslims are terrorising the world, why would we voluntarily allow them to come into our COUNTRY let alone our own homes. I don't particularly want someone in home whose idea of 'normality' is sexual relationships with children, marriage to children, the stoning to death of female rape victims while the rapist/s are basically praised, the beheading/shooting/mistreatment of non Muslims, violence against women or just generally does and condones EVERYTHING we see as nasty, inhuman or downright sadistic in their everyday life. They are basically the POLAR OPPORTUNITIES of us Aussies and their views and lifestyle is opposite to ours.
    Hypothetical question - If we WERE to take them into our home..what would happen re the following:
    * Our eating and drinking habits - would we be expected to alter them to suit our "guests"?
    * Smoking and drinking which they do not approve of - would we have to stop it?
    * Our religion - would we have to stop our religious practices to please them? Not that it phases me - I'm an Atheist anyway..but what about the Catholics, Lutherans, Jews, Hindu and Buddhists etc? We are a country of many religious denominations...and none of those people should be expected to give up their faith for the appeasement of Islamic society.
    *Our morals and rules within our own homes? I do not want my children subjected to any treatment that would are them feel inferior, unsafe, unimportant or endangered in their own home.
    *Our relationships. My husband and I have never hit each other in anger, we rarely argue, we have an equal rights relationship based on mutual respect for one another as do my kids and me. We wrestle, we play fight, we "give each other shit" so to speak, we laugh and cry together and argue if need be. We do not allow or condone domestic violence whether against women or men and we do not sexual abuse children or wish to associate with those that do.
    *Christmas celebrations. Would we have to stop decorating our home? Would we have to stop having Xmas carols? Cos sorry but that isn't EVER going to happen.
    *Bacon..!! Ham..!! Roast Pork.!! Crackling..!! Need I say more?
    *The way we dress. Would we be expected to modify our clothing to suit them? Cover our arms, legs, heads and faces? Not happening. In our hot Aussie users I tend to wear bathers, tank top or similar and a sarong on most days if I am at home and not up to much. If I go out it is a lightweight halter neck dress or similar. I would never cover up just to keep someone else happy.
    I could go on and on but I will stop now with one final question and a favourite saying....

    Who here would EVER want to see our beautiful country and our awesome, relaxed way of life and FREEDOM threatened and/or gone forever???

    I am, you are, we are AUSTRALIAN.

  • G Roos - 2 years ago

    No way would I help out ANY foreigner before helping out a fellow Aussie. Our country's first duty is to its Aussie citizens and there are alot who are homeless and need our support.
    Besides which, we are aware that Muslims are terrorising the world, why would we voluntarily allow them to come into our COUNTRY let alone our own homes. I don't particularly want someone in home whose idea of 'normality' is sexual relationships with children, marriage to children, the stoning to death of female rape victims while the rapist/s are basically praised, the beheading/shooting/mistreatment of non Muslims, violence against women or just generally does and condones EVERYTHING we see as nasty, inhuman or downright sadistic in their everyday life. They are basically the POLAR OPPORTUNITIES of us Aussies and their views and lifestyle is opposite to ours.
    Hypothetical question - If we WERE to take them into our home..what would happen re the following:
    * Our eating and drinking habits - would we be expected to alter them to suit our "guests"?
    * Smoking and drinking which they do not approve of - would we have to stop it?
    * Our religion - would we have to stop our religious practices to please them? Not that it phases me - I'm an Atheist anyway..but what about the Catholics, Lutherans, Jews, Hindu and Buddhists etc? We are a country of many religious denominations...and none of those people should be expected to give up their faith for the appeasement of Islamic society.
    *Our morals and rules within our own homes? I do not want my children subjected to any treatment that would are them feel inferior, unsafe, unimportant or endangered in their own home.
    *Our relationships. My husband and I have never hit each other in anger, we rarely argue, we have an equal rights relationship based on mutual respect for one another as do my kids and me. We wrestle, we play fight, we "give each other shit" so to speak, we laugh and cry together and argue if need be. We do not allow or condone domestic violence whether against women or men and we do not sexual abuse children or wish to associate with those that do.
    *Christmas celebrations. Would we have to stop decorating our home? Would we have to stop having Xmas carols? Cos sorry but that isn't EVER going to happen.
    *Bacon..!! Ham..!! Roast Pork.!! Crackling..!! Need I say more?
    *The way we dress. Would we be expected to modify our clothing to suit them? Cover our arms, legs, heads and faces? Not happening. In our hot Aussie users I tend to wear bathers, tank top or similar and a sarong on most days if I am at home and not up to much. If I go out it is a lightweight halter neck dress or similar. I would never cover up just to keep someone else happy.
    I could go on and on but I will stop now with one final question and a favourite saying....

    Who here would EVER want to see our beautiful country and our awesome, relaxed way of life and FREEDOM threatened and/or gone forever???

    I am, you are, we are AUSTRALIAN.

  • Peter pumpkin eater - 2 years ago

    Hell yeah ill take them in i got the wifi , iphones, lobster, and reeboks , cash ready

  • John - 2 years ago

    I support Australians that need our help...not muslims that come here and what to change our way of life. Why has no one asked, why are muslims coming to a christian country and not a muslim one...why has no one asked why do we see mainly men...where are all the women and children. Why are these gutless men not sending the women and children first.

  • Tash fuller - 2 years ago

    I've voted 3 times now?

  • Marie - 2 years ago

    We have a lot of homeless people here which needs to be looked after first. Charity starts at home. We are broke thanks to the Labor /Green parties and what you think we should take more economic illegal's. Lets call them what they really are.

    These Illegal's don't want to assimilate they push the ideology on others and have utter hate for the Australian People. If you want to help them then go over to their country and help them re-establish themselves there. Stop all the corruption there and help them build a better place for themselves in their country. The majority that are coming over by boats have lots of money because they are paying big bucks to get on the boats. They are not running away from terror they want someone to give them money so that they can live for nothing for the rest of their lives. This is why many are still on the doll and impregnating their women so that they can collect more money from the tax payer who works in the private industry not Public industry .

  • Margret RoadKnight - 2 years ago

    Surprisingly disappointing result (so far), along with some narrow & ignorant sentiments from descendants of uninvited arrivals to Austraia.

  • Natasha - 2 years ago

    Geoff: I wouldn't be too concerned - plenty of empty houses in the Middle East, with plenty more to come. And look on the bright side - it could be a great opportunity to see first hand what a Muslim country is like to live in before it arrives in Australia. Having seen too much of it, personally I (like millions of them) would rather live in a temporary tent in Australia, but that also explains why I want Australia to be Christian for my kids and not Muslim.

  • Geoff - 2 years ago

    Let's hope that none of the 'no' voters become bushfire refugees this summer.

  • Geoff - 2 years ago

    Let's hope that none of the 'no' voters become bushfire refugees this summer.

  • Sarah Cowan - 2 years ago

    Facts are: it costs waaaaaay more to keep people in detention than to settle them. We are wealthy enough to house our homeless, but somehow, we don't. Apart from our first people we all 'came' here. Fear and lack of understanding and compassion lead to multiple human rights abuses which will cause more animosity. Through use of language, the governments have created a bigotry, persecution and racism. I am ashamed to share a borrowed land mass with such heartless humans.

  • Natasha - 2 years ago

    Face facts. It's NOT boat people, nor refugees. It is predominantly religous/muslim migration. Given average birth rates of West/Muslim nations the issue is really how much of our society are these 'refugees' prepared to put up with themselves. Aside from the appalling integration and employment record (meaning high dollar cost to te host nation) given the potential numbers (1.5million + in two years) combined with their propensity towards violence (no Christian fundamentalist has even contemplated flying jets into the Petronas Towers of Burj Khalifa) and reticence to change, how are YOU prepared to cope with a move towards Sharia law? That is the real question....

  • Beanie - 2 years ago

    I have welcomed asylum seekers into my home for over 3 years. I bought a bigger house so I could help more people

  • Kim - 2 years ago

    Myra- go on then, take in a homeless person.
    (We all know you don't actually mean it. We also know that people who cry "but what about the homeless?" are people who do nothing for anyone, ever)

    My boyfriend and I have had lived with 6 Afghan boat guys in the past 4 years and have many more boat people as friends. (I know hundreds and hindreds of them from many countries) They're amazing, brave, wonderful people and I'd swap them with the racists and bigots in a heartbeat.

  • Myra - 2 years ago

    I would take in an Australian homeless person before a so called refugee.no country shoppers in my home.

  • Myra - 2 years ago

    I would take in an Australian homeless person before a so called refugee.no country shoppers in my home.

  • Kris - 2 years ago

    I bet you Fairfax won't like these results. And the silent majority speaks!

  • Lo Yee - 2 years ago

    Perhaps the Dept of Immigration might like the details of all the YES voters.