Saturday, October 1, 2016
Putting the elderly at risk to satisfy politicians. Given what we've seen in France do you think this shows any concern for the elderly?
It's not known when refugees will arrive to the Melbourne suburb of Eltham, but the proposal to move them into the St Vincent's Health Australia (SVHA) facility has already caused a massive rift in the town.
Groups against the idea argue the facilities should be prioritised for local residents, while those in support have put together a book of welcome messages from the community.
Groups have protested against the idea, arguing the facilities should be prioritised for local residents
Sandy Pike's 87-year-old mother lives at the facility in the centre of the debate, she told 7 News that she's worried about Syrian refugees moving in.
'No one seems to care about the residents and that's what it's all about,' Ms Pike said.
She spoke at a protest rally in Eltham, where many other residents voiced their concerns over the move.
'Our elderly care system is for our elderly, not for Muslims,' one protester said.