9 September 2015

The Australian Christian Lobby today welcomed the federal Government’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis with the allocation of 12,000 additional places for asylum seekers.

ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton applauded the Government for acting in response to the humanitarian crisis.

"This is an appropriate initial response but we hope more can be done in the future given the scale of the disaster, the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

“Today's announcement comes as a great encouragement to the more than 20,000 ACL supporters who one year ago signed a petition urging the government to increase the refugee intake."

Mr Shelton said the Government was right to focus on persecuted religious minorities, something ACL has long called for.

"Sadly Christians are bearing the brunt of persecution in the Middle East with a form of religious genocide occurring in Syria where Christians have lived for 2000 years.

"ACL believes that assistance should be based on human suffering. Naturally the most needy groups are religious minorities like Christians, Yazidis, Mandeans and others. We support including these groups in the allocation, not merely because of their religion, but because of their need" Mr Shelton said.