Roderick Schneider, 29, from Brisbane, works as a financial planner. He is the Vice President of the Australian Young Liberals and a former president of the Young Liberal Nationals QLD.
His concern about asylum seekers arriving by boat is that we’re not properly dealing with issues that drive them here in the first place. He says: “if they really are that distressed to risk their lives and get on a ridiculously unsafe boat, what’s making them endanger their lives to come here? There are UN camps on the way, what is so bad at these camps? Surely if they’re set up by the UN, people should be able to stay there and not feel threatened.”
He is troubled by the issues some asylum seekers have had integrating into Australian society. Roderick has never been overseas before. His biggest fear about participating in the program is he’ll be perceived as a left leaning bleeding heart. “I’m a government-hating, freedom-loving, centre-right winger,” he says. Besides politics, Roderick’s passions are cricket, Aussie rules football and going to the pub.
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