Mike Baird Just Welcomed This Refugee Family And Triumphed On Social Media Again

21/03/2016 5:30 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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Mike Baird has done it again. While the rest of the nation's political players were playing rough over the recall of Parliament, early election and early budget announcements, the NSW Premier was meeting one of the state's newest families -- and letting the world know with another heartfelt Facebook post.

And they are four of the 12,000 refugees resettling in Australia as part of a special program responding to the Syrian and Iraqi humanitarian crisis.

They arrived in Australia last week after fleeing Iraq in July 2014, and spending almost two years in a Lebanon refugee camp. So it's fair to say they are thrilled to be in a country which will give them a fair go. Just look at little Rita's face.

Rita, Mark and their parents Ayad and Iptesam were persecuted as Christians in Iraq.

"When ISIS overtook their home city of Mosul, they were told they needed to convert to Islam or pay taxes they couldn’t afford. They were repeatedly threatened with death," wrote Baird on Monday afternoon.

Baird -- who is also a devout Christian -- said "I’m proud of the generous spirit that I see in people right across this state. I’m proud that we can welcome refugees who are in desperate need of a fresh start. And I’m proud that Iptesam, Ayad, Mark and Rita can now call NSW home."

Iptesam and Ayad arrived in Australia last week with their 2 kids, Mark and Rita… and are now proud to call NSW...

Posted by Mike Baird on Sunday, March 20, 2016

"There’s no point having the strongest economy in the nation if we don’t care for society’s most vulnerable, both within and beyond our borders.

"We’re committed to doing that in NSW with increased spending on homelessness services, addressing the scourge of domestic violence and giving better help to our disabled through the NDIS. We were also the first state to sign up to Gonski, which helps all our school kids, especially the most disadvantaged."

Ayad is an art teacher, who cannot wait to learn English and enrol his children into school.

"I’m sure he’s got as much to teach his community as he has to learn from it," Baird wrote.

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