Sunday, September 04, 2005

Refugee Policy under the Microscope

Most Australians support the Howard government’s policy towards refugees and asylum seekers, according to The Sunday Mail newspaper survey of 14,000 people.

An overwhelming number of people, 76 per cent of respondents, believed Australia treated illegal immigrants either fairly or too leniently.

However, forty-five per cent of those interviewed said they did not support mandatory detention of children.

On the contrary, thirty-eight per cent said they support keeping children in detention.

In fact, according to the survey, two-thirds of those interviewed agreed with the government’s mandatory detention policy.
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