13 August 2015

The Australian Christian Lobby today renewed calls for the Australian Government to more adequately address the growing humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq.

Following calls from Intelligence and Security Committee Chairman Dan Tehan for Australia to join an international air campaign against IS in Syria, ACL said the government needed to do more to assist the millions of people fleeing the conflict.

ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton, said that while it was appropriate for the government to be considering military options for dealing with the international security threat caused by IS, greater attention needed to be paid to the growing humanitarian crisis.

“This is the largest humanitarian crisis since the second World War,” Mr Shelton said.  “Frankly, Australia’s response has been inadequate.

“Millions of people have been displaced by this conflict and Australia ought to be doing much more to address this crisis.”

Mr Shelton renewed calls for the Australian government to adopt a response similar to the Howard Government’s ‘Kosovo solution’, which offered temporary asylum for people affected by that conflict.