Author: Sayed Rahmatullah Hussainizada
The rhetoric around refugees and people seeking asylum have been toxic in Australian politics and has dominated the tabloid media for years now, where we are constantly given a narrative of dependency and unappreciative opportunists taking our jobs and relying on our tax payer social welfare.Read More
There is a general discourse of demonising people seeking asylum, refugees and migrants that is often perpetuated by the media discourse, lack of good political leadership and understanding of nuanced dynamics.
Refugees and people seeking asylum need our compassion. Those who are in Australia need our compassion. Those in Nauru and Manus need our help and I think the best way to dispel myths around people seeking asylum and refugees and gradually change public opinion is to show the society the success stories, the businesses and the contributions they make in making Australia a success story for multiculturalism.