Wish for peace in 2017

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man­sion, among about 9000 al­ready pro­cessed in a 12,000 in­take an­nounced by Can­berra ear­lier this year.

Asked if the in­take could be in­creased be­cause of Aleppo’s col­lapse, Ms Bishop said Syr­i­ans could also come through the “reg­u­lar” hu­man­i­tar­ian and the refugee visa sys­tem, which was in­creas­ing by 5000 places to 18,750.

“Plus we have to fill the 12,000 co­hort. We’ll ob­vi­ously keep this un­der re­view,” she said.

The new year will also bring con­fir­ma­tion or re­jec­tion by the US Se­nate of her prospec­tive Amer­i­can coun­ter­part, Sec­re­tary of State-elect and Exxon-Mo­bile oil­man Rex Tiller­son, who is un­der scru­tiny for his close busi­ness re­la­tion­ship with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

Ms Bishop said other busi­ness­men, such as Ge­orge Shultz, had made “very good” sec­re­taries of state and Mr Tiller­son’s aware­ness of is­sues in coun­tries where Exxon-Mo­bile op­er­ated, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia and Pa­pua New Guinea, should be an op­por­tu­nity.

“There have been some sec­re­taries of state who have never been to Aus­tralia be­fore they be­came Sec­re­tary of State, so in this re­gard he has an aware­ness, an un­der­stand­ing of Aus­tralia, and we should take ad­van­tage of that,” she said.

For­eign Min­is­ter Julie Bishop’s hope is for peace in Syria.

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