PM Abbott to announce Australia’s response to Syrian refugee crisis

PM Abbott to announce Australia’s response to Syrian refugee crisis

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is set to make an announcement today on what Australia will do to assist the tens of thousands of asylum seekers fleeing Syria and Iraq.

The Abbott government is coming under pressure to increase its quota of refugees to assist those fleeing the civil war, and stop asylum seekers making dangerous boat journeys to Europe.

The cabinet’s National Security Committee has held talks in Canberra overnight, and has been briefed by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, who has been meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva.

Mr Dutton says he believes the proposal Mr Abbott will announce today is very generous, and Australians will be proud of the support Australia is prepared to give.

“I think people will be impressed with Australia’s response,” he said.

“I’ve listened very carefully to what leaders have had to say here in Europe, and I’ve taken that back to the Prime Minister [and] to the national security committee.”

“The Prime Minister will make an announcement, I think it will be a generous announcement, both in terms of the dollar amount and the number of places we’ll be able to provide.”

Mr Abbott told parliament yesterday he would make an announcement on the government’s decision within 24 hours.

The government is also expected to announce today whether it will accept a request by the United States to join air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria.

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