MEDIA RELEASE



Friday, 24 August, 2012



The Australian Christian Lobby welcomes yesterday’s move by the federal government to increase Australia’s refugee intake.



The humanitarian program will increase Australia’s refugee intake by 6,000 every year, and will focus on bringing people from problem regions such as the Middle East, Asia and Africa.



ACL supports the generosity of our nation, and any attempts of the Australian government in putting an end to the dangerous people smuggling trade and looking after displaced persons.



ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace supports the new move, and says that Australia’s increase in humanitarian intervention should be an example to the rest of the world.



“ACL has long advocated that Australia raise its humanitarian intake,” Mr Wallace said.



“Too many people have died over the years waiting for us to deliberate over the asylum seeker policy. I praise the government’s move in preventing further loss of life,” he said.