Coalition would not increase refugee intake

Coalition would not increase refugee intake

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says a Coalition government would scrap a new policy adopted by the Labor government, to increase Australia’s refugee intake by 6000 a year.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen accepted a recommendation by the Houston Panel earlier this year, to increase Australia’s humanitarian intake from 13,750 to 20,000 a year, increasing to 27,000 by 2017. 

But Mr Abbot ha today announced his government would hold the intake at current levels, saying it would save $1.3 billion dollars a year.

He says increasing the humanitarian intake sends people smugglers the message that its getting easier to get into Australia.

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