|East Timor||TATE SAYS AUSTRALIANS ARE PREPARED TO WELCOME MORE REFUGEES|
"There has been a sea change in the way Australians receive refugees since the Kosovo and East Timor tragedies," according to the former Federal Minister for Justice who's now a seminarian, Mr Michael Tate.
He has urged the government to increase Australia's refugee intake from 12,000 to 18,000 displaced people for the Jubilee Year 2000.
"I believe the generosity of Australians offering safe haven should be built on," he said at a Mass to mark the Australian Catholic Church's annual Social Justice Sunday.
Mr Tate also called on the Australian Government to ratify the Treaty -signed in Rome in July last year - to establish a permanent war crimes tribunal.
"It would be a great symbolic and practical step in the interests of justice for Australia to be a lead country in setting up the Court," Mr Tate said.
"Genocide, crimes against humanity, torture and sexual abuse of women are crimes which negate all our humanity.
"Those who commit and plan such crimes should know that they could face criminal charges and punishment."
- Cath Media (Tas) 11:49am 28/9/99