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Liberal calls for more refugees

A Liberal backbencher has called for Australia’s official refugee intake to double now that the flow of asylum seeker boats has stopped.

Wyatt Roy wants the 13,750 places in the humanitarian refugee program increased twofold once the current backlog of asylum seeker claims is cleared.

“With hard-won border integrity comes the confidence to raise our humanitarian program to new heights,” Mr Roy said in an opinion piece for The Australian.

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The Queensland MP spent a week with border protection personnel on operations out of Darwin as part of a special parliamentary program.

“These dedicated men and women are relieved to no longer be plucking the bodies of perished children, parents and grandparents from the ocean,” he said.

There have been an estimated 1100 drownings at sea since 2008.

2013 was a record year with 300 asylum seeker boats and 20,587 people arriving.

The Abbott government’s border protection crackdown has resulted in only one boat arrival so far in 2014.

The government cut the previous Labor government refugee intake from 20,000 to 13,750.

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