08 September 2015
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will seek to move a motion in Question Time today calling on the Federal Government to give safe refuge to 30,000 Syrians, and also to permanently double Australia’s refugee humanitarian intake.
Mr Wilkie will make the case that Australia must act in this way because of the enormous tragedy unfolding in Syria and neighbouring countries. He will also note Australia’s role in contributing to the current instability in the region as well as then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s commitment during negotiations after the 2010 federal election to double the humanitarian intake.
A copy of the motion follows in full.
MEMBER FOR DENISON: I move that this House:
1. expresses its deep concern that there are now more than 50 million endangered people displaced or on the move globally, including more than four million Syrians on account of the current conflict;
2. calls on the Government to act immediately to quickly resettle in Australia 30,000 affected Syrians, all in addition to the current humanitarian intake of 13,750; and
3. further calls on the Government to permanently double Australia’s humanitarian intake from its current figure of 13,750 to 28,000.