The Australian authorities has repatriated 4 Australian ladies and their 13 kids from a Syrian refugee camp, Residence Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil stated on Saturday in a resumption of a controversial program.
The repatriation to New South Wales state, criticized by the Liberal-Nationwide opposition, is a part of bringing again from Syria dozens of Australian ladies and youngsters who’re family of useless or jailed fighters from the so-called Islamic State group.
The Labor-led authorities’s focus has been on the security and safety of “all Australians” and people invol ved within the repatriation, O’Neil stated, including the federal government had “rigorously thought of the vary of safety, group and welfare elements in making the choice to repatriate”.
The repatriation adopted comparable strikes by the USA, Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Britain and Canada, O’Neil stated.
She stated allegations of criminality would proceed to be investigated by state and federal regulation enforcement authorities. Native media beforehand reported some ladies could also be charged with terrorism offences or for coming into Syria illegally.
“Any recognized offences might result in regulation enforcement motion being taken,” O’Neil stated, including that New South Wales was offering “intensive assist providers” to assist the group reintegrate into Australia.
Opposition Chief Peter Dutton has labelled the transfer as not within the nation’s greatest curiosity, saying the ladies have blended with “individuals who hate our nation, hate our lifestyle.”
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese instructed reporters he wouldn’t focus on particulars of the group’s case however stated he was following nationwide safety recommendation.
“The Australian authorities will all the time work to make sure that persons are stored secure right here in Australia, that’s our precedence,” he stated, in response to an official transcript of his remarks in Griffith, in regional New South Wales.