Abbott cuts non-Syrian refugee intake

Tony Abbott must think that Australians are mushrooms: kept in the dark (I won’t comment on operational matters) or fed bullshit  ( Doing that right thing by Australia, and it’s doing the right thing by the world.”)

This last quote is in relation to the announcement that Australia will take more refugees from Syria.

Australia will take more refugees from Syria in response to the growing international crisis, but will not increase the total number of asylum seekers it accepts, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Sunday.

But Australia is not taking more refugees overall. For every extra Syrian refugee, there will be one fewer from other war-torn parts of the world.

But Abbott stressed during his subsequent media conference that any increase in the number of refugees from Syria would come from within the existing humanitarian program, which is due to increase from 13,750 places per annum to 18,750 by 2018/19.

What Australia needs to do by “doing the right thing by the world” is to take more refugees and more Syrian refugees. The Greens are suggesting 20,000 Syrians. It’s a small proportion of the 4 million people who are displaced by the war, but it would be a start.

Syrian refugees in Europe are just the tip of the iceberg that is those displaced within Syria and neighbouring countries
Syrian refugees in Europe are just the tip of the iceberg that is those displaced within Syria and neighbouring countries

But what we have instead is Tony Abbott saying that he is  “doing the right thing by the world” when in fact he is doing no such thing.  It’s a cynical piece of manipulation of the media that is becoming so typical of our Prime Minister.

He ought to be ashamed. Many Australians are.

Postscript Persecuted people fleeing troubled nations including Iraq, Burma and Afghanistan would be denied sanctuary in Australia if the Abbott government increases its Syrian intake without raising overall humanitarian numbers, the Refugee Council of Australia says.

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