NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley today proposed that NSW accept at least 5000 refugees as an emergency response to the unfolding crisis in Syria.

Mr Foley backed Federal Labor’s call for an additional 10,000 humanitarian places for refugees displaced by conflict in the Middle East as a one off on top of Australia’s current intake of 13,750.

On account of our population size, NSW could accommodate at least half of a one-off intake of 10,000 displaced persons.

Mr Foley offered his bipartisan support to the Baird Government to accelerate the intake and relieve the suffering of those fleeing war and persecution.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“Everyone in Australia has been moved by the suffering and plight of those forced to flee their homes – it is an unspeakable tragedy.”

“Australia has a proud history of stepping up to the international arena in times of crisis, and NSW should now be prepared to stand with those fleeing the Syrian crisis.”

“With a large Syrian community in Sydney, I’ve heard first-hand the stories of horror and fear for loved ones seeking safety.”

“I want to see Australia work with the UNHCR to accelerate the support offered to those displaced by the conflict, and I offer my bipartisan support to Mike Baird to help our state do its part.”