HEARTBREAKING: Mother of three Michelle Baker, who is terminally ill with cancer, is current living out of a tent at Yamba as she has been unable to find permanent accommodation.
HEARTBREAKING: Mother of three Michelle Baker, who is terminally ill with cancer, is current living out of a tent at Yamba as she has been unable to find permanent accommodation. Clair Morton

YOUR SAY: Plight of Michelle Baker incites racist comments

OUR SAY

LESLEY APPS

Journalist - The Daily Examiner

OUR story on Friday's front page about the plight of Yamba woman Michelle Baker, who is homeless with two teenage children and riddled with cancer, certainly received a mixed response on social media.

READ STORY: Page MP vows to help terminally ill woman find accommodation

Thankfully most were understanding and supportive, conveying that she deserved immediate assistance to help relieve the terrible situation she had found herself in and that she should be able to spend what life she has left comfortably with her children by her side.

What was less impressive was the opportunity taken to attack our international responsibility for the citizens of the world by trouncing out that typically dressed-up concern about "looking after our own first" or "taking care of those in our own backyards" (backyard obviously doesn't extend to the Northern Territory in this country).

Blaming asylum-seekers for sucking up resources that should be helping what they consider to be real Australians in need is ugly stuff.

Because Michelle is presumably a citizen of this country she will get the help she needs, as any human being facing incredible adversity deserves.

But then to turn around and single out a group of people who are also familiar with temporary accommodation, because they choose to fight to survive, and blame and attack them, implies that they don't deserve the same respect and care as Aussies do. This is racism plain and simple, and no amount of patriotric prioritising will gloss over that.



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