The Australian Greens have slammed the Abbott Government for planning to use $4 million of taxpayer money to fund a new telemovie that seeks to deter asylum seekers coming to Australia, telling them instead to remain in warzones.
“This is more Abbott Government propaganda paid for by the Australian taxpayer,” Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
“This is a shameless abuse of tax payer funds.
“With the brutal conflicts in Syria and Iraq the only message we are sending refugee families caught up in the violence is ‘bugger off, Australia does not care about your suffering’.
“This will do nothing to help improve Australia's standing in the international community.
“We should be doing more to help address the refugee crisis by offering safe avenues to Australia not turning our backs on those in need telling people we don't care what happens to them.”
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