Stand with PM, refugees

LETTER

I am proud that our Prime Minister will stand up for NZ values. It is appalling that Australia has long-chosen to ignore complaints about an abusive environment in the concentration camp which is Manus Island. Good people everywhere need to stand with Jacinda Ardern and let our friends know some behaviours are simply not good enough.

I say friends because I would hope that as a true friend, we will sometimes not agree with Australia and will let our different view be known without completely falling out.

Not many friendships run a smooth path 100 percent of the time and will only do that if one party bows down to the other or shies away from the hard issues. Most friends in an equal relationship disagree with one another at some time or other, and good friends don’t try to impose their views on the other. We are an independent country and need to stay that way.

Mary-Ann de Kort

I am proud that our Prime Minister will stand up for NZ values. It is appalling that Australia has long-chosen to ignore complaints about an abusive environment in the concentration camp which is Manus Island. Good people everywhere need to stand with Jacinda Ardern and let our friends know some behaviours are simply not good enough.

I say friends because I would hope that as a true friend, we will sometimes not agree with Australia and will let our different view be known without completely falling out.

Not many friendships run a smooth path 100 percent of the time and will only do that if one party bows down to the other or shies away from the hard issues. Most friends in an equal relationship disagree with one another at some time or other, and good friends don’t try to impose their views on the other. We are an independent country and need to stay that way.

Mary-Ann de Kort

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Judith Collie, Qld - 14 days ago
I would suggest to Mary-Ann de Kort that she do a bit of research on the behaviour (or lack of) of the "refugees" on Manus Island. To call Manus Island a "concentration" camp is highly insensitive and offensive to those who spent time in the Nazi concentration camps of the 2nd World War. Those people were not given medical and dental treatment, courtesy of the relevant government, they weren't given three meals a day plus an allowance to buy cigarettes, sweets, soft drinks, drugs and alcohol. Neither were they given legal aid to state their case in court. No, all these people could look forward to were beatings, torture and finally a gas chamber to end their misery. You might also give some thought to the fact that the military of both Australia and New Zealand are fighting overseas in countries where some of these men come from; maybe they could just go back and fight their own battle for their own country and beliefs, and let our men and women come home to where they should be, safe with their families. Take the time to Google "Manus Island Refugees" and if you can see past all the bleating-heart stories you will find truth about their behaviour and actions that no civilised society should have to put up with. I make no apology for my views in this letter. If Jacinda Ardern wants to take them into NZ, that is her prerogative. However, they will use NZ citizenship as a backdoor entry to Australia.

Judith Collie, Qld - 6 days ago
It is disappointing to see that Mary-Ann de Kort hasn't had the desire or interest to respond to my letter about her letter about Standing with the PM. Does this mean her beliefs aren't as deep as she would have us believe, or does it mean that she has researched newspaper articles and found that articles in national newspapers don't have the depth of meaning she hoped they did? Believe me, her comments and beliefs don't have the depth that she would hope. These people should be home fighting their own battles, with their own money and losing the lives of their own cowards who disappeared from their homelands.