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Transcript of doorstop interview: Canberra: 7 September 2015: Abbott government; Syrian refugees



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SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON SHADOW MINISTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

E&OE TRANSCRIPT DOORSTOP INTERVIEW CANBERRA MONDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 2015

SUBJECT/S: Abbott government; Syrian refugees

SENATOR DOUG CAMERON, SHADOW MINISTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES: Well two years of the Abbott government, as I described it - shambolic, chaotic and malevolent. This is a government that just doesn’t get it, it’s a government that doesn’t understand the Australian public, doesn’t understand the key issues for this country. They have demonstrated over the two years that they are economically incompetent, they have demonstrated that they have got a hatred for people that want to try and organise themselves and get decent wages and conditions.   This is a government whose time is up. I think we are seeing the death throes of this terrible government, they are just tearing each other up every day so the sooner they go the better. The sooner we can get an opportunity to deal with the key issues for the economy, ensure that there are jobs in the economy, deal with the issue of climate change, the key issues that are important to ordinary Australians, the better.   JOURNALIST: The Abbott government has agreed that we need to do more for the Syrian refugee crisis. What do you think needs to be done here?

CAMERON: Well they should do more than send an incompetent Minister overseas. They don’t need to send anyone overseas to understand the scale of the problem. They should increase the amount of refugees that we bring in. We should certainly target the Syrian refugees, that’s where the big problem is. We should play our part internationally. This government again is dithering around this approach - they want the international eyes when they want so called free trade agreements that destroy Australian jobs, but when it comes to climate change, when it comes to playing a proper role internationally

on refugees, this Government is missing in action. But you can’t expect anything else from an incompetent administration like the Abbott administration.   JOURNALIST: Just over 18000 refugees by 2018/19, do you think that is a sufficient number, or what would you like to see the number increased to?

CAMERON: Well I don’t want to put a figure on it but what our spokesperson has said is that we should increase the number of refugees, that’s been Labor’ s policy for a long time and that we should increase that number significantly. That’s a number that will do something to play a proper role in addressing this international crisis that we have.

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