Shayne Neumann MP
Federal Member for Blair

Australian Labor
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TURNBULL FAILS TO INCREASE HUMANITARIAN INTAKE

21/09/2016

 

THE HON SHAYNE NEUMANN

 

SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION

 

 

TURNBULL FAILS TO INCREASE HUMANITARIAN INTAKE

Malcolm Turnbull’s speech to the United Nations refugee summit overnight was a hoax.

Mr Turnbull has not announced an increase in the humanitarian intake to 18,750. Instead all he has done is promise not to cut the humanitarian intake his predecessor had already committed to.

Smooth talk and empty promises can’t cover up the Turnbull Government’s immigration failures.

Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton have failed to make any genuine steps to increase Australia’s humanitarian intake and are returning to Australia without securing third country resettlement options for the people on Manus and Nauru.

At the last election, Labor announced a commitment to double the humanitarian intake to 27,000 by 2025 because we recognise that Australia can do more to help in this crisis.

The Turnbull Government has spent the last two days lecturing the rest of the world, but we can’t ignore that fact that they have failed to secure durable third country settlement arrangements for refugees in the Australian-funded offshore detention centres.

Peter Dutton’s failure to secure third country resettlement options has directly led to the indefinite detention of many asylum seekers and it’s not good enough.

The Turnbull Government needs to immediately secure third country resettlement for refugees in offshore detention and increase Australia’s humanitarian refugee intake.

WEDNESDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2016