Deal with Assad necessary to defeat IS

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 23 2018 - 1:09pm, first published September 10 2015 - 12:00pm

The Coalition's decision this week to resettle an additional 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees was welcome, if belated, confirming once again this country's long and honourable record of generosity toward people fleeing conflict. However, the announcement that the women, children and families of "persecuted minorities" would be given priority was criticised in many circles as discriminatory and mean-spirited. Persecution, ill-treatment and general inhospitality reaches across ethnic and religious divides in the Middle East (with the oppressed in one country frequently doing the oppressing in another) so the criticism was not invalid. Nevertheless, there was an element of unnecessary nit-picking, particularly given the likelihood there will be further refugee intakes in future.

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