Marie Feigl, Elphinstone Bill Bayliss, Chewton ('Shut the door', Opinions, June 14) writes that "The refugee intake must be now zero - shut the door - ..." to protect "all law abiding Australians in danger with their open door policy on refugees". I should like to point out that the proportion of crimes of violence, including that resulting in death, in Australia, committed by refugees and asylum seekers admitted to Australia, is minuscule in comparison to that committed by the rest of the Australian community.
Gregory Clark, Woodend In response to Bill Bayliss of Chewton, his opinion is unfortunately too common. Our government consistently demonises refugees so I would like him to consider the following:- 1. Under the terms of the 1951 UN convention on refugees signed by Australia, the status of every asylum seeker is investigated.
Bill Bayliss, Chewton I write in response to Greg Clark's letter ('Traumatising and inhumane', Opinions, June 6). Given recent events in London, Manchester and other cities in Europe, and in Australia in Melbourne by a 'refugee', if refugees don't complete their application by October 1 then deport them, they have plenty of time to comply.