“All of these decisions, nothing’s been taken lightly.”
“Some of the women that we’re talking about were tricked in terms of their own personal circumstances.”
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has argued the extractions were not in the national interest, saying their arrival could raise the risk of future terrorism in Australia.
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“We should never be in a situation where Australian children are punished for the decisions of their parents and denied access to Australia,” he said.
Four Australian women, who have been in the Roj camp in Syria since the fall of the terrorist group, as well as 13 children, arrived in Sydney on Saturday, following a secret operation. Source: AAP / SAVE THE CHILDREN/PR IMAGE
Amnesty International Australia Refugee Rights Advisor, Dr Graham Thom said the young women and children desperately needed support.
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) president Dr Rateb Jneid added that his organisation was “ready to offer our support to help them settle well into Australian society”.
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“A lot of our community members are refugees, they’ve been persecuted and ran away from ISIS, so I think this traumatises them and brings a lot of bad memories,” Mr Carbone told SBS News.
Additional reporting by Caroline Riches.