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11 Australians With A Message For The Government About Refugees

More than 10,000 people rallied across Australia overnight.

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On Sunday Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the government would increase Australia's take of Syrian refugees, but that increase would still sit within Australia's existing refugee cap.

On Monday opposition leader Bill Shorten joined the growing list of leaders, including Liberal NSW Premier Mike Baird, Labor Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and government backbencher Ewen Jones, in calling for the government to increase Australia's overall refugee intake by at least 10,000.

A petition has also been set up, calling on the government to take 20,000 Syrian refugees. Mr Abbott is expected to announce further measures to assist with the crisis in the coming days.

BuzzFeed News attended the Sydney rally, where more than 5000 people lit candles for Aylan, and sent a message to Australia's leaders.


Rob Stott is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

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Anna Mendoza is a photo editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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