nsw council for civil liberties welcomes national party mps support for refugees

Saturday, 4 May 2002 NSWCCL media release: 2/2002


NSW Council for Civil Liberties President, Mr Cameron Murphy, has welcomed comments by National Party MP for Orange, Mr Russell Turner, supporting refugees and promoting programs to encourage them to settle in regional and rural NSW. 

Mr Murphy said: 

"This makes Mr Russell Turner the first National Party MP in NSW to show compassion in this area." 

"Mr Russell Turner has displayed leadership that has been severely lacking from all sides of politics in NSW." 

"Too many modern political leaders play to the darkest fears of Australians." 

"Mr Turner has not taken the popular road. Indeed he is the first National to support refugees and he should be congratulated for his courageous stance. Other politicians should follow his lead." 

"It is a great shame that political leaders in this state do not share the same compassion towards refugees as Mr Turner." 

In his weekly column State View in the Central Western Daily on 4 March, Mr Turner said: 

In amongst the media driven hysteria about boat people and illegal immigrants, we must be reminded that from time to time that Australia has one of the biggest quotas for migrants and refugees in the World. 

I believe we should maintain our current migrant and refugee program, at least to its current level...there should be more encouragement for our new Aussies to settle in regional areas.

"Mr Mr Turner's plan to encourage new migrants to settle in country NSW helps put to rest any notions that Australia cannot handle any increase in its population." 

For further information contact: 
Cameron Murphy, 
NSWCCL President 
0411 769 769