Safety of our own people comes first

Whether you are for or against boat arrivals, the priority must always be the safety of our own people firstly.

Claiming 90 per cent are found to be genuine is fine, if that is true.

Do we forget about security checks, health checks for individuals carrying disease or criminal checks altogether?

Let’s just have an open-door policy allowing anyone and everyone in and possibly suffer the consequences later.

We have a pretty safe country, serious contagious diseases are mostly controlled and major incidents like September 11 have evaded us so far.

No-one can guarantee us 100 per cent that arrivals into this country don’t have evil intentions and until that can be assured, which it can’t be, there has to be in-depth checking of all who come here, whatever way they choose arrive on our doorstep.