Peter Dutton defends refugee lag, saying Australia's security checks better than Canada

Immigration minister says Canada has ‘very different approach’ to security when asked why it was able to settle 30,000 refugees compared to Australia’s 3,500

An Iraqi refugee family in their house on the Greek island of Lesbos. In 2015 then Australian prime minister Tony Abbott pledged to take in 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Peter Dutton has excused his department’s slow processing of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, suggesting other faster countries were not taking the same security precautions.
Australia has been criticised for only settling 3,532 people after former prime minister Tony Abbott pledged one year ago to take in 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
World Vision, Oxfam, Save the Children, Plan International, Care and Amnesty International labelled the delay “incomprehensible” and called for the full 12,000 to be settled by March next year.
However the immigration minister said on Friday he could not commit to a firm deadline, …
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