AIJAC and the Boat People

July 25, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
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The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council has voiced its views on how Australia is dealing with asylum seekers.

Dr Colin Rubenstein

Dr Colin Rubenstein

 

Mark Leibler

Mark Leibler

A statemennt releases jointly by AIJAC National Chairman Mark leibler and Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein states: “AIJAC strongly believes in a non-discriminatory, generous and compassionate Australian policy on asylum-seekers but also that these objectives must be balanced ,and indeed  would be enhanced, by  maintaining an orderly and fair process, effectively  addressing Australia’s genuine border security concerns, and above all, by dramatically reducing the incentives which cause people to place their lives at severe risk in unseaworthy boats supplied by the illegal people-smuggling industry. This is admittedly  a complex task, but any policy which means that people with a genuine and well-founded fear of persecution in their homeland who arrive here have absolutely no  prospect of ever  being resettled in Australia is unacceptable.

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