The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has made a Ministerial Statement on Iraq in the House of Representatives.
Describing the ISIL movement as a “death cult”, Abbott said “Australian aircraft have participated in humanitarian airdrops to people trapped on Mount Sinjar and, just yesterday, to the besieged inhabitants of the town of Amerli”.
He said in coming days Australian aircraft will take part in an airlift of supplies to the Kurdish government in Erbil.
Abbott said: “So far, we have met requests for humanitarian relief and for logistical support. So far, there has been no request for military action itself.”
The Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, responded to Abbott’s statement, and offered the Opposition’s support to the government’s position.
- Listen to Abbott (7m)
- Watch Abbott (7m – transcript below)
- Listen to Shorten (8m)
- Watch Shorten (9m)
Transcript of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Ministerial Statement on Iraq.
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