We are facing a global humanitarian tragedy. The crisis unfolding in Syria has already forced 4 million people, half of whom are children, to flee for their lives.

Many leave Syria in the middle of the night. They have nowhere else to go, trapped between a brutal President who is dropping bombs on his own people and the brutal and militant ISIS forces.

We are fortunate to live in a country that is strong enough to offer safety to some of those men, women and children.

We, the undersigned, call on the Australian Government to offer protection from harm to 20,000 people who have nowhere to go. Australia had a dignified history of welcoming refugees  from China and the Balkans following natural disasters and Vietnam after the war, we are strong enough to help again.

To: Prime Minister Abbott, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton:

We call on the Australian Government to immediately increase our humanitarian intake of refugees and grant humanitarian visas to 20,000 Syrian refugees. We call on the government to ensure these men, women and children are processed on the Australian mainland as quickly as possible.

We also urge the government to urgently grant asylum to any Syrian refugees who are currently being held on Manus Island and Nauru, and give them the opportunity to live a life of safety.

Finally, we call on the Australian Government to do its fair share and contribute an additional $150 million to the UN’s efforts to respond to the crisis in Syria.

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