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Letter to Senator Keneally re The Afghan Refugee Crisis

Dear Senator Keneally,

You will be aware that many organisations, faith groups and community members have been calling for some time now for the government to make a one-off allocation of 20,000 additional humanitarian visas to assist with the urgent crisis in Afghanistan. The groups include the Catholic Bishops Conference.

To date, I have not seen any reaction from the Labor party to these urgent entreaties.

Does the Labor party support a one-off allocation of 20,000 humanitarian visas for Afghan refugees?

Has the Labor party signalled publicly in the media or in parliament that it supports a generous response to the plight of Afghan refugees, particularly women and girls, who are most at risk in Afghanistan?

I have seen no evidence of that so far, and would therefore like some urgent clarification, in order to update our local RAR group on the Labor party’s position. I have previously reported that our local federal MP, Pat Conaghan, is on record as stating that he is urging his parliamentary colleagues to support a generous response from government.

An early response would be appreciated.

M. G.

Bellingen and Nambucca District RAR

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