Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says it's time for Australia to step up and help huge numbers of people fleeing persecution in our region.
"These people are in desperate need of help. They are refugees and they deserve a home in Australia," said Senator Di Natale.
"Instead of turning our backs and turning back the boats, we should welcome these people with open arms.
"They will make an enormous contribution to our nation, as have generations of refugees and other migrants before them.