Australia Will Take 12,000 Refugees And Join Airstrikes In Syria
Prime minister Tony Abbott announced that the government will take 12,000 permanent refugees as a one-off increase.
The Australian government has announced that it will resettle 12,000 refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq.
The humanitarian announcement was coupled with a military one – Abbott confirmed that Australia would join US-led airstrikes in Syria focusing on ISIS targets.
The one-off increase to the humanitarian intake is 2,000 more than had been suggested by Labor.
Labor on Monday proposed that Australia take in 10,000 Syrian refugees and give $100 million to the UNHCR.
Bill Shorten welcomed the government's decision on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
But Labor said the $44 million pledged to the UNHCR falls short of what is needed in response to the crisis.