At the Olympics our refugees made us proud, now the Australian Government must make us proud, do the best it can, and help those trapped in Afghanistan
Federal Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s response to the crisis unfolding in Afghanistan is at total odds with what I felt this country was about, just a couple of weeks ago, as we sat around our television sets watching one of our South Sudanese-born heroes, run for us all.
Initially only confirming that Australia would do the very minimum in not sending people back to danger and potentially death – the principle of non-refoulement, an essential protection under international human rights law – on Wednesday, the Minister also offered a miserly 3000 humanitarian visas, when we have capacity for many, many more.
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