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Our Hornets Should Be Flying Home

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 16 Sep 2015

The Australian Greens today urged new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to bring our military personnel home from Syria and Iraq.

"Prime Minister Turnbull has the opportunity now to reverse the most disastrous of Tony Abbott's 'captain's calls'. There is no more serious responsibility than the deployment of our armed service personnel. Until and unless there is a clear plan for a way forward, all we're accomplishing in Syria is putting more civilians at risk," Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"In the midst of all of their leadership battles, it seems as though the Liberal Party have forgotten that Australia is actually at war. Australia should make a constructive diplomatic and foreign aid contribution, which is what the region is crying out for.

"We should never be calling our allies to pleadingly ask to be asked to join a short-sighted military adventure, purely for political purposes. Our servicemen and women deserve far better.

"What will we accomplish? How long will they be there? What is their objective? Mr Turnbull, along with the rest of the inept front bench he inherited,  does not have real answers to these most serious of questions.

"Our Hornets should not be flying bombing missions into Syria. They should be flying home."

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