Right kind of Migrant
12 July 2003
Your story about Sondos Ismail, who lost her three children when the SIEV X sank near Australia in October 2001, shows the human face of just one of many boat people who have fled Iraq ('More bad news rocks tragic family', DT, July 100).
Prime Minister John Howard says that Australia will decide who comes here and the circumstances under which they come. Of course we do, and no one has ever denied that.
But surely we can decide with generosity who comes to Australia. People who show such determination as Sondos and her husband would make valuable citizens. They certainly want to be. Their children would be educated in Australia and we will reap the benefits for many years down the track.