Pro-refugee platform for Labor?

Labor push to adopt Greens policy of lifting refugee intake to 50,000

By Michael Koziol – SMH – 

Labor’s policy committee is considering a plan to lift Australia’s refugee intake to 50,000, as left-wingers jostle to soften the party’s position on asylum seekers at this year’s national conference.

Parts of the ALP left faction will push for a softening of the party's refugee policies.

Parts of the ALP left faction will push for a softening of the party’s refugee policies. Photo: Sharon Tisdale

Party members, unionists and MPs – including Left co-convenor Andrew Giles – are seeking to get elected as delegates to the triennial conference on a pro-refugee platform, promising to make a “real difference” to the party’s policies and to make them “humane”.

Fairfax Media has learnt a working group on the powerful National Policy Forum is investigating proposals to increase Australia’s annual refugee intake to 50,000 – the same target as the Greens.

It is understood the proposal is in a “maybe pile” of ideas that merit further discussion, although any final recommendation to change the policy would need the backing of the party’s leadership.

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