Kon Karapanagiotidis: Why So Frightened?
Asylum seekers have no connection to population boom, unemployment, debt, terrorism or interest rates, but you wouldn’t know it watching the nightly news. We receive so few refugees compared to the global community yet time and again we are told to be scared. Why do so many Australians feel a sense of entitlement to turn back people fleeing for their lives? What does it mean to be Australian if we offer no just sanctuary for refugees? Why have we allowed a moral issue to become a political one?
Kon Karapanagiotidis is the CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, the largest independent human rights organisation for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. They assist thousands of people each year, with the help of over 1200 volunteers and 125 staff.