Wednesday 9th September 2015 - 1:24 pm

Australia to accept 12,000 more:PM

by Alan Thornhill

The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has announced that Australia will accept an extra 12,000 refugees from the conflict in the Syria and Iraq.

He said these would be additional, permanent places, under Australia’s humanitarian arrangements.

The usual health and other checks would be made.

Mr Abbott also told reporters in Canberra that the government would give the UNHCR an extra $44 million to buy blankets and other urgently needed relief items for displaced people in the area.

He said this relief would go mainly to women, children and other vulnerable people.

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