Indonesia says Australia isn’t doing enough for refugees

Indonesia’s foreign minister has called for Australia to take more refugees, amidst ongoing tensions about former PM Tony Abbott’s ‘turn

Indonesia’s foreign minister has called for Australia to take more refugees, amidst ongoing tensions about former PM Tony Abbott’s ‘turn back the boats’ policy.

“There is hope from Indonesia not only to Australia but to every country to be more receptive to these migrants who have been waiting for resettlement”, said Minister Retno Marsudi.

There are currently over 13,000 refugees and asylum seeks registered with the United Nations office in Jakarta, hoping to be resettled in countries like Australia.

Australia’s Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is in Jakarta this week, for high-level talks with the Indonesian government. He is joined by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Marise Payne.

Mr Dutton confirmed that 25 boats have been turned back to Indonesia, away from Australian waters, since the Coalition government came into power in 2013.

In 2014, Australia took 450 refugees from Indonesia which was significantly less than previous years.

Refugees and asylum seekers is an emotive topic for Starts At 60 readers.¬†As one reader said, “Our taxes needed to support our own – not give these people everything before us”.

Whilst another added, “Look what it costs to have each one of them here, using our tax money, and money from pensioners to support these people who will not blend in with Aussies. No no no no – full stop!”

Do you think Australia should take more refugees from Indonesia? Or do Aussie people need to come first?

  1. vic roby  

    We might be a large island/country, but the livable/arable areas are quite small and most of us live on the coastal edges where we are rapidly running out of places to build and therefore put people.

    Let them apply like everyone else has to and NOT try to jump the queue. we keep being told; we haven’t got enough resources to cope with the population now (such as water) let alone importing unemployment and more people that will be relying on welfare and using water etc…

    I don’t like it when highly qualified professionals and highly trained tradesmen are refused entry because their child may or may NOT have to rely on help if he or she has Downs Syndrome or is chronically ill, even though the parents may be bringing with them stacks of money and with the possibility of creating employment by founding businesses and with every intention of supporting said child without welfare assistance.

    • No they have to come in thru the correct channels like everyone else and have the correct paperworks not thru people smuggler connections


  3. facebook_elda.quinton  

    Indonesia has 300 million people. Australia has what? 22 million? I feel sorry for those people who are genuine refugees but due to our much smaller population we cannot cope with too many because we simply don’t have the funds to support them. I agree with Vic that they should apply through legal channels and be approved like other migrants had to do.
    Another thing is they should be directed around the country not just dumped where they can create ghettos. I’m all for helping the genuine ones. Just imagine what kind of horror would drive you to leave your home and everything behind.

  4. BillyS  

    when Indonesia starts to work on their abysmal human right record they MAY deserve being listened to.

  5. Magdalene Csibi  

    No….definitely not…vic roby has expressed it exactly. ..let them apply like everyone else and we do not have enough resources .

  6. Definitely NOT!! We are a small nation on a big continent. Given the debacle unfolding in Europe at the moment we most certainly don’t want to follow suit. Our way of life is our way of life and anyone (myself included ) coming to live here should accept that and not try and change it. If these refugees are fleeing from a nasty situation why do they try and emulate it where ever they settle, doesn’t make sense. Of all the religions Islam seems to be the one that mostly doesn’t sit well with western cultures. I empathise with the people of Europe they’re in for an awful struggle based on some decisions rightly or wrongly made by their politicians. Ideally the powers that be need to concentrate on defeating Isis and making the Middle East peaceful again so that most of the refugees could return home and rebuild their lives.

  7. Ursula  

    How far do you think our taxes can stretch. WE are paying politics’ wages, and we have to carry the costs of refugees, yet we are not asked. I was a political refugee, and still I had to wait in another country for months, until I was fully checked and accepted by Australia. Here, I’ve learned language, and was working till retirement. Even now I am still working as a casual worker. Take more people who will adopt in Australia, and will give something back, and let them apply normal way, and wait like most of us. The real refugees should be grateful and adjusting, not demanding, and trying to force their ways in our beautiful, peaceful Australia.

  8. Kath  

    NO NO NO Not when we have so many homeless people and unemployment. I struggle to survive on a aged pension and have lived and worked here all my life. Why should they be given so much more. I know a single Mum of 3 kids that has about $100.00 to live on each week and she would like accommodation and a new car and cash given to her

  9. Jo McAllister  

    When we do not have homeless, jobs for those here already and infrastructure that can accommodate the people who are living here now, we have enough water and food that is controlled by Australia and not foreign countries and our own people can have affordable housing it can be considered. But not as things stand at the moment. If they are taken in then there IS NO CENTRELINK PAYMENTS FREE HOUSING AND EVERYTHING THAT GOES IN THEM until they have worked and paid taxes for 10 years

  10. Joy Anne Bourke  

    No definitely NOT. Vic Roby is correct. Let them apply like everyone else, if not, send them back. Another suggestion is to find space for them in the middle of Australia and let them work hard for the dole making their own lives. Really don’t want anymore asylum seekers.

  11. Jennie  

    Sorry, but no, we need to look after the Australian homeless and our aging population…who have paid axes all their lives. Also there are not enough jobs for people now and water is a big issue. This was the lucky country …it’s heading down a very slippery slope.

  12. Chris Burns  

    Priority 1. Our people first.

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