Gillard to decide on Lankans

27 June 2010 02:05 am - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Australia’s new Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she is going to make a decision on refugee claims from Sri Lankan asylum seekers within the next two weeks. Former Australian Premier Kevin Rudd froze refugee claims from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

A review of the freeze on Sri Lankan asylum claims is due on July 8 and Prime Minister Julia Gillard told the Australian media today that she will make a decision on Sri Lanka before that date.

“So I’ve got a decision to make about that, and I'll have more to say about these matters before that due date of 8 July,” she said.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard further noted that she believes Australia needs to honour its obligations to people who are genuine refugees, and honour what she thinks is an Australian value about care and concern for children.

“I don't think Australians want to see innocent children behind razor wire, whatever decisions their parents may or may not have taken.  Whatever people think about those decisions, the kids didn't make those decisions, and they deserve the best of our care and concern,” she told the Australian media today. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 8

  • messi Sunday, 27 June 2010 02:47 AM

    Dear madam,
    You have said correctly.
    messi

    PositiveThinker Saturday, 03 July 2010 04:52 PM

    Ur thinking on Lankan tamils is positive... they should be given some extra privilege

    raj Sunday, 27 June 2010 03:31 AM

    I would like to congratulate you on the job. First time, i hear a female Prime Minister in Australia. Unfortunately, number of female leaders are declining at present time.

    meranchi Sunday, 27 June 2010 04:16 AM

    why those people snake in to Australia from srilanka an illegally because most of them criminals or tarriest you people must be careful about those people when make decision

    local boy Sunday, 27 June 2010 04:54 AM

    mam' be careful .........or else we might see Tamil elam war 5 in aussie

    chamalka Sunday, 27 June 2010 05:16 AM

    then y most of the people find their way to Italy illegally ??? are they all criminals too.??

    Sri Lankan in Dubai Sunday, 27 June 2010 05:25 AM

    I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE LEAVE SRI LANKA WHEN THEY CAN BY THE SAME FOOD IN SRI LANKA FOR THE AUSTRALIAN PRICE. AS PER THE AUSSIE PRIME MINISTER, YOU ARE TRUE FEMALE NOT ONLY BY SOUL BUT BY THOUGHT. MAY YOU BRING FOWARD THE BEST OF AUSTRALIA FOR AUSTRALIANS & THE WORLD.

    Chandrika Sunday, 27 June 2010 02:39 AM

    Excellent decision Madam! even it is late. As long as Tamils equal rights are not maintained in srilanka , Tamils deserve political asylum!


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