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Tim Wilson expects ‘anger’ over preferential treatment given to Syrian refugees

Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner expects anger in refugee camps over what some have labelled ‘special’ treatment given to displaced Syrians.

The federal government announced on Wednesday it would take in 12,000 Syrian refugees, on top of the 14,000 taken in by the country annually.

Tom Elliott questioned whether it would cause friction for those already waiting in refugee camps, and Tim Wilson agreed.

‘I think people will be angry about it, no doubt about it,’ Mr Wilson said on 3AW Drive.

‘But at least the government’s added on top of the existing take of 14,000, so those people won’t be at a loss or negative consequence.

‘I do think people do look at it and think it’s rather strange, particularly if you’ve followed these issues and know it’s been going on a long time.’

LISTEN: Tim Wilson joins Tom Elliott on 3AW Drive