Poem raises Hinkler hackles

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

'I cross ocean, poor and broke, take a bus to the employment folk. Nice man treat me good in there, say I need to see welfare.

'Welfare says: 'You come no more, we send you cash right to your door.

'Welfare checks, they make you wealthy, Medicard it keep you healthy. By and by, I got plenty money, thanks to you Australian Dummy.

'Write to friends in motherland, tell them 'Come fast as you can.''

'They can come in turbans and Ford truck, I buy big house with welfare bucks.''

A section from a poem being sent around by email.

MEMBER for Hinkler Paul Neville believed there was only one place for the poem above, and that was in the bin.

'The poem is offensive and reads like the stuff that has spread disharmony and racial tension and which has been received over the week in Sydney,' he said.

'These democrats need to realise that hundreds of migrants in the country are hard working and play a huge part of the continuity of this country's development.

'The email obviously is intended to create a division we don't want here in Australia.'

Mr Neville said he admitted there could be a very small majority who may be milking the system, but there are so many Australians who are doing the same.

'This small minority shouldn't wreck it for the others who are hard working and help with a lot of our work here in Australia,'' he said.

'Look around ? they have made a huge contribution to our mining enterprises and the Snowy Mountains.'

Paul said the main point was the person who wrote this didn't have the courage to sign it.

'This is simply a racist poem and is designed to create resentment and is a disincentive to immigration,' he said.



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