Dear Prime Minister,
More people are displaced right now than at any time in recorded history.
No one chooses to be displaced; leaving home is always a last resort. The government should raise its humanitarian intake to welcome 42,000 people every year.
This isn’t a political question: it’s a humanitarian necessity. These people are fleeing conflict, persecution and poverty. They want nothing more than to make a home in Australia and contribute to our society. Everyone has the right to live in peace.
Seeking asylum is a fundamental human right, yet thousands of human beings are still held in offshore detention centres, trapped in limbo. It's time put an end to offshore detention and give those people found to be refugees a chance to make a new home in Australia.
This is the biggest humanitarian challenge of our time and it is the poorest countries on earth that are impacted the most. 90 per cent of the world’s refugees are hosted by developing countries.
Australia should increase its aid to those developing countries so that they can provide shelter, education, health services and access to work for refugees, while still providing for the needs of its own population.
This is a global challenge and we all need to do our fair share to help.