Interest-free home loans for asylum seekers? Muslims responsible for majority of rape? Higher Centrelink payments for refugees? Wow! How come the mainstream media aren’t jumping on all of these stories?
Sandra Rogic aka Sandy Mitchell isn’t known for her intelligence. But when she posted these porkies on a public Facebook page the other day, we thought it only appropriate that we respond with some facts.
The Australian Medical Association affirms that those who are seeking, or who have been granted, asylum within Australia have the right to receive appropriate medical care without discrimination, regardless of citizenship, visa status, or ability to pay. Like all seeking health care, asylum seekers and refugees in Australia should be treated with compassion, respect, and dignity.
The AMA makes the following observations and recommendations in relation to the health care of asylum seekers and refugees:
Health and Welfare of Asylum Seekers and Refugees
1. In addition to suffering the same health problems as the general population, asylum seekers and refugees are at particular risk from a range of conditions including psychological disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and the physical effects of persecution and torture. They may also often suffer the effects of poor dental hygiene, poor nutrition and diet, and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, which may be more common in their countries of origin.
2. To determine their specific health needs, all asylum seekers and refugees should undergo comprehensive and timely health assessments in a culturally appropriate manner by suitably trained medical practitioners as part of a primary health care team. This assessment will be used to establish ongoing care.
3. All asylum seekers and refugees should have access to the same level of health care as all Australian citizens. In addition, it should be ensured that their special needs, including cultural, linguistic, and health-related, are addressed.
Crime Rate Increase?
Interestingly and as a side note, Bankstown (in Sydney) is known for having the highest concentration of Muslims in Australia. Yet the crime rate there is below the state average, and falling.
Interest Free Home Loans?
No. Here are some no-interest loans that are available to all Australians though:
(Note: the final line in this story is “The loans would be available to non-Muslims as well.”)
“The effect of the attitude of suspicion adopted by many Australians unfortunately tends to be cumulative in its effect where conscious effort is not made to arrest it. A “community attitude” is adopted which is very difficult for individuals to break through. This “community attitude” tends unfortunately to be fostered, albeit unconsciously, by the Press. If an Australian commits a misdemeanour, responsibility for it is attributed to him individually. If a migrant commits a similar misdemeanour it is usually reported in such a way that the fact that he is a migrant, rather than the crime itself, is featured and responsibility for the offence is thus shared by the whole migrant population.”
(Commonwealth Immigration Advisory Council 1952. Report of Committee Established to Investigate Conduct of Migrants.)
“News about crimes by migrants creates concern, often unfounded, and tends to disadvantage groups that show higher than average involvement in crime. These concerns can often lead to some outlandish claims that some migrant groups are criminal by nature, or that criminals are entering Australia and our controls may not be working. There is no evidence to indicate that criminals are entering Australia by flouting immigration laws and controls. It is also not possible to say who among the overseas-born, i.e. immigrants, temporary residents, tourists, asylum seekers, or illegal immigrants are arrested for crimes.”
“After a spate of sexual assaults on women in south-western Sydney in 2000, many of them carried out by young Lebanese-Australian males, Labor Premier Bob Carr condemned the assertion that the criminal behaviour and misogynist attitudes of these young men were shaped by their experience of growing up in Australia, and not by their ethnic background. Yet figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show that gang rapes are more common in country NSW than anywhere in Sydney.”
A 1998 study into juvenile crime by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research found that “ethnicity was, in general, not related to participation in crime amongst NSW secondary students. In fact where we found any relationship between ethnicity and participation in crime it indicated that students from an ethnic background had lower rates of participation in crime.”
Crime Statistics > Rapes (per capita) (most recent) by country
|# 1||Lesotho:||0.844 per 1,000 people||2008||Dominant religion: Christianity|
|# 2||New Zealand:||0.315 per 1,000 people||2008||Dominant religion: Christianity|
|# 3||Belgium:||0.299 per 1,000 people||2008||Dominant religion: Christianity|
|# 4||Iceland:||0.286 per 1,000 people||2008||Dominant religion: Christianity|
|# 5||Norway:||0.203 per 1,000 people||2008||Dominant religion: Protestant|
|# 6||Israel:||0.166 per 1,000 people||2009||Dominant religion: Jewish|
|# 7||Finland:||0.141 per 1,000 people||2008||Dominant religion: Christianity|
|# 8||Chile:||0.12 per 1,000 people||2008||Dominant religion: Christianity|
|# 9||Mongolia:||0.118 per 1,000 people||2008||Dominant religion: Buddhism|
|# 10||Ireland:||0.102 per 1,000 people||2008||Dominant religion: Christianity|
|# 11||Kazakhstan:||0.099 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 12||Estonia:||0.093 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 13||Luxembourg:||0.091 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 14||Denmark:||0.09 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 15||Germany:||0.089 per 1,000 people||2009|
|# 16||Argentina:||0.081 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 17||Czech Republic:||0.062 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 18||Mauritius:||0.06 per 1,000 people||2008|
|= 19||Lithuania:||0.056 per 1,000 people||2008|
|= 19||Kyrgyzstan:||0.056 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 21||Moldova:||0.053 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 22||Russia:||0.05 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 23||Slovenia:||0.048 per 1,000 people||2008|
|= 24||Hungary:||0.047 per 1,000 people||2008|
|= 24||Romania:||0.047 per 1,000 people||2008|
|= 24||Poland:||0.047 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 27||Latvia:||0.041 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 28||Oman:||0.04 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 29||Croatia:||0.036 per 1,000 people||2008|
|= 30||Belarus:||0.035 per 1,000 people||2008|
|= 30||Morocco:||0.035 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 32||Slovakia:||0.033 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 33||Bulgaria:||0.031 per 1,000 people||2008|
|= 34||Portugal:||0.029 per 1,000 people||2008|
|= 34||Bahrain:||0.029 per 1,000 people||2008|
|= 34||Liechtenstein:||0.029 per 1,000 people||2008|
|= 37||Malta:||0.025 per 1,000 people||2008|
|= 37||Philippines:||0.025 per 1,000 people||2008|
|= 39||Cameroon:||0.024 per 1,000 people||2008|
|= 39||Cyprus:||0.024 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 41||Sierra Leone:||0.021 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 42||Greece:||0.02 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 43||Kenya:||0.019 per 1,000 people||2009|
|# 44||Canada:||0.016 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 45||Japan:||0.014 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 46||Maldives:||0.013 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 47||Guinea:||0.009 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 48||Azerbaijan:||0.004 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 49||Armenia:||0.003 per 1,000 people||2008|
|# 50||Egypt:||0.001 per 1,000 people||2008|
A refugee who has permanent residency in Australia receives exactly the same social security benefits as any Australian-born person in the same circumstances. Refugees apply for social security through Centrelink like everyone else and are assessed for the different payment options in the same way as everyone else. There are no separate Centrelink allowances that one can receive simply by virtue of being a refugee.
Centrelink payments are calculated at exactly the same rate for both refugees and non-refugees. A single person with no dependent children applying for Special Benefit or the Newstart Allowance (whether or not he or she is a refugee) will receive $489.70 per fortnight, whereas a single person on an Age Pension payment will receive a fortnightly payment of $695.30. A single age pensioner therefore receives over $200.00 more per fortnight more than a single refugee (or a single Australian-born person) who qualifies for Special Benefit or Newstart. Australian citizens and permanent residents with dependent children on lower to middle incomes (including refugees) may also be eligible to receive Family Tax Benefits or Parenting Payments. However, none of these allowances are paid at a higher rate than the single age pension.14
Asylum seekers are not entitled to the same forms of financial support as citizens or permanent residents. The Asylum Seeker Assistance (ASA) Scheme provides assistance to some eligible asylum seekers who are in the process of having their refugee status determined. The ASA Scheme offers income support to cover basic living expenses, at a rate below Centrelink benefits.
Bad luck Sandra Rogic. You’re still full of shit.