13 June, 2016. 11:45
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact
Local man, Byron Strut (36) says Australia needs to focus on finding homes for the droves of homeless people on our streets before accepting refugees and asylum seekers.
Despite the fact that Mr Strut has not once mowed the entire lawn of his two-acre property in Brisbane’s Northern Suburbs, he says Australia needs to stop focusing on overcrowding NSW suburbs in Western Sydney with new citizens from abroad.
Speaking to the Betoota Advocate today in front of a burnt out Commodore in his backyard, the full time crane operator says he’s just about “had it” with the way Australia puts the war-weary and stateless before the weather-weary and homeless “in our own backyard”.
“We need to look after our own first,”
“There’s a lot going on in our own backyard that needs addressing before we even think about resettling twelve thousand persecuted victims of war crimes in Australia,”
“Number one, homelessness,”
“Number two, old people”
Mr Strut struggled to identify what it was exactly that he wanted our nation’s leaders to do for “old people” but he did outline that he often thinks about our nation’s homeless during the winter months, or whenever he sees camera footage of destitute Middle Eastern refugees on television.
“We’ve got people who don’t even have homes, and you want to bring in this mob from overseas who don’t even speak the language to take all the jobs?”
“Not on my watch. I’d much prefer a homeless person making my meals than one of those people,”
“Or teaching my children,”
“Or working on my car”
Mr Strut then stubs out a Winfield Red cigarette on front of the rusted and decrepit Holden Commodore that has sat in his backyard since 2013.
“We don’t want that mess here mate,”
“We’ve got enough stuff to sort out before letting people in.”