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What australians should know before opening homes to refugees


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The only way to stop asylum seekers from reaching Australia is to stop the flood of migrants, says the chief executive of the Federal Government's Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Senator Peter Dutton said Australia cannot continue to allow people seeking a better life to come in the guise of humanitarian assistance.

"We cannot continue to stand idly by," he told the ABC on Wednesday night. "This is a humanitarian crisis and you need to address it, you need to fix the problems at your borders or at the source, or both."

He said the Australian Government must get more funding to provide assistance to the countries affected.

Mr Dutton said the main solution is for Australian citizens to stop their "illegal" migration.

He said the "tipping point" for many of those coming into Australia was now.

"There is a way that we can stop them from reaching this country and stop this problem from spreading," he said.

"We have to stop them from taking our country away from us and we have to stop it from getting much worse."

Mr Dutton acknowledged the number of people crossing the Pacific Ocean in response to recent refugee disasters would be reduced by this year if he was re-elected.

Mr Dutton said he had received more phone calls about his plan this month than when he announced his original plan this week.

In an interview, he said he was worried about the prospect of having no response from foreign nations when people reached Australia by boat.

"It is true that we are going to be able to get more people through the border, but it has a downside - we have no more room for them and it means they are going to go north again," Mr Dutton said.

"We have to get it right. A few months ago, there were over 200,000 people arriving at Christmas time at the Christmas Island refugee camp.

"What's the solution? You have to bring people down the same pathway the rest of the way."

The Federal Government has already taken out almost 50 million refugees across the world since its establishment, a policy known as 'the offshore processing strategy'.

It's asylum seeker deaths up in Australia

The UNHCR said at least 921 boat people died in 2016, a drop from about 880 boat people in 2015.

The total number of deaths from boat arrivals and deaths from offshore processing since 2009 is 439.

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Court to hear land valuations dispute, citing lack of information about market value

The Land Value Review Committee on Monday, April 22, passed the first of seven appeals into the decision by the Vancouver city council and the BC Lands Corporation over the valuation process.

The committee had earlier recommended that the city's top land appraisers, based in the office of city manager Jeff Browaty, award a property valued at $750,000 to the city, as opposed to asking appraisers to assess a price much lower — at just $500,000.

The appeal of that recommendation was heard by a judge on Monday, but the appeal was not heard by the full committee on Tuesday, April 23 — a sign of some changes in what is perceived as an overburdened and underfunded office.

The first appeal, which called for the committee to reject any increase in valuations, was sent to Justice Elizabeth Griesch last week. A second appeal, which argued against the previous recommendation, was sent to that judge Wednesday.

Coun. Greg Nicolson, who chairs the committee, told city staff on Tuesday he couldn't remember if there had been any discussion about a second appeal, and said he was "hopeful" it would go to the full committee before the election in May.

City staff's response

On Monday, city manager Jeff Browaty told city staff that if the committee didn't recommend a new valuation, he hoped that the next appraisal would be based on the first two reviews.

The committee met two weeks ago to consider what to do next — a report with some recommendations, but also some suggestions about what the next step should be based on a lot of feedback from the committee members.

Browaty said the committee members have suggested the city should look at "a broad spectrum of options."

It's something they would have discussed with the council — we've all got things we would like to see — city manager Jeff Browaty

He said he's had about a week or so to reflect about the committee's recommendation, and that "if we had the time … we could see different options that would be more beneficial to our city."

"As the hearing is winding up, and the committee members are beginning to talk about their recommendations, as well as the other recommendations they've already presented, I would like to encourage everybody that has any input in the property assessment process, to continue to do that."

Asked if those recommendations might be adopted by council, Browaty said no, but added "if council does find that we missed anything here, we would look at the recommendations that have been presented."

On Tuesday morning, City Coun. Peter Milczyn, who chairs the committee, said