Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten's comments, suggesting that Europe should follow Australia's lead on towing refugees back to danger, are embarrassing and have disgraced Australia on the international stage, the Australian Greens have said.
"It is shameful that, while the rest of the world is doing all it can to help Syrian people who are searching for safety, Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten want to see them towed back to danger," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
"This response to the Syrian refugee crisis is a disgrace, a humanitarian slur and an international shame.
"Parroting the ugly and callous party line about tow-backs simply won't cut it when it comes to the European situation.
"Their insensitive comments are so out of sync with the rest of the world that they've embarrassed Australia on the international stage.
"I've been to the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon. I've seen firsthand what the rescue missions in the Mediterranean look like. I dare Mr Abbott and Mr Shorten to go to these places so that they can spruik their ludicrous tow-back plan and see what type of response they get."
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