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(generated from captions) bugs. He's been fantastic. Champion. To the big story of the day. Australia is set to resettle 12,000 Syrian refugees and provide $44 million in support for others. We're also about to start bombing ISIL inside Syria for the first time. The Government has decided to extend Australia's current air strikes to Daesh targets in Syria as well. Australia is set to start bombing ISIL inside Syria's borders.This is a very bad decision and a very reckless and dangerous decision. You simply cannot defeat an unconventional enemy by bombing it alone from the air. But the Prime Minister is resolute. There can be no stability and no end to the persecution and suffering in the Middle East until the Daesh Department of Health cult is degraded and U mately destroyed. For 12 months Australia has been providing support and training to Iraqi soldiers and carrying out targeted strikes inside Iraq. Within the week, that will extend to air strikes on ISIL's strongholds inside Syria. Just four days after the PM flatly rejected any increase in our refugee intake, we are set to permanently resettle 12,000 Syrians fleeing their shattered country. With a very strong focus on persecuted minorities, women, children, families, the most vulnerable of all. When pushed on whether we will only take Christians, he ruled no-one out.There are persecuted minorities that are Muslim, there are persecuted minorities that are non-Muslim and we want to prioritise people who are unlikely ever to be able to go back to their ancestoral homes.After an outpouring of support for Syrians and pressure from within his own government, the Prime Minister has listened. Australia will offer refuge. The Foreign Minister Julie Bishop joins us from Canberra. Minister, congratulations on the decision. I think it is important to mark that. This will be, I understand, our largest intake of refugees in any financial year since World War II. It was a really important thing that we stepped up. We did. That's fantastic. It is a pretty swift turnaround from four days ago when the Prime Minister seemed resolute that the amount of refugees we take wouldn't go up. Why the change of heart?It's not a change of heart. We didn't want to make an announcement that had not been considered, that had not been run past experts and that we couldn't deliver upon. We had to be sure that we had the right advice, that our Immigration Minister met with the experts t UN authorities, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees t International Organisation of Migration. That's why he went to Paris and Geneva. When we had all of the inmags and the expert assistance from our own officials, we were able to say with confidence that we could offer 12,000 permanent resettlement places. These are not temporary safe haifrn places like other countries are offering, they are permanent resettlement places for 12,000 Syrian refugees, plus provide enough funding to support 240,000 people who are in the camps on the border of Syria and Iraq, particularly in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. This is a big announcement. It did take some time for us to put this package of measures together.It is great news. There are some people who are worried that members of ISIL will slip through the system here. What assurances can you give them?We are working with the UNHCR who have experience in these matters but we are sending a team of our officials who will work with the officials in Syria, in camps, to identify the people that would fit our requirements in terms of health checks, security checks, and the like and character checks and then we will work with those organisations to bring families, women and children in particular, to Australia under this program. We're focussing on persecuted minorities - ethnic and religious minorities. They are the ones that will have nowhere to return to if peace ever comes to Syria and Iraq. They have been persecuted by the Assad regime, by the terrorist organisations. There is a high degree of religious intolerance and ethnic persecution and they are the most vulnerable. They are the most needy. That's what we will focus on.Can I clarify something - you talk about persecuted minorities and it's true, they need our help. There is in Syria a persecuted majority. There are the Sunni Muslims who are being persecuted selectively - human Rights Watch made this point - by the Assad Government. Am I right to think we're not helping them?Last and this year when we took Syrian refugees under our program, we again focussed on ethnic minorities. There were Sunnis, Shias, but they were Yazidis, Jews, Armenians, Christians, Maronites - a whole range of persecuted minorities. They can be Muslim, not Muslim. The point we're making is that those unlikely to have a home to return to will be offered thiz places in Australia as Australian residents.Thank you for the clarification.