What about our refugee quota?
Our performance here is appalling, and we must do better - our refugee quota needs to rise. Australia takes twice as many refugees as we do per capita and Canada 6 times. So in order to better meet our ethical and moral aspirations we need to lift our refugee quota. We should remember that refugees are often very highly skilled, and in fact add significantly to our economy in the medium to long term. A quota of around 3,000, up from the current 1,500 would bring us up closer to the average of our OECD peers.