"Everyone expects that people should be able to live a wholesome and happy life." Contributed

Lauga calls for refugee compassion after Paris attacks

BRITTANY Lauga says she makes "no apologies" for supporting the intake of Syrian refugees into Central Queensland in response to online comments linking Europe's refugee intake to the attacks in Paris over the weekend.

The Keppel MP said while there were always safety concerns with immigration, she had faith in the system.

"Of course safety is always going to be a concern with both those coming in and those already here," she said.

"I know when the Australian government is doing their assessment and processing of refugees that security is paramount.

"I have faith in the processing system and that for people who are applying for refugee status; they are the genuine ones who are fleeing from terrorism."

Mrs Lauga said the world was facing the "biggest refugee crisis since World War II", and people need community support rather than condemnation.

To fear them, she said, would be giving the terrorists what they want.

"I think the terrorists want us to feel fear and that is the whole point of terrorism. What we as a community can do is stand in solidarity with both the people of Paris and the refugees fleeing Syria," Mrs Lauga said.

"I support them coming to Central Queensland because we have the support services, social infrastructure and pre-existing communities that work in a harmonious way already.

"Everyone expects that people should be able to live a wholesome and happy life."


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