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Australia Bringing Australians home from Syria will only end in 'regrettable' outcomes: Home Affairs boss

19:21  21 october  2019
19:21  21 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Bringing Australian women and children held in northern Syria back home can only end in "unattractive, high risk and regrettable" outcomes, according to the head of the Home Affairs department.

In a bleak and candid assessment of the possibility of removing Australians trapped in Syria, Mike Pezzullo told Senate Estimates it would have been better if they had never gone in the first place.

a group of people sitting at a beach: Australian women stranded in the al-Hawl camp in Syria. (Four Corners)© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Australian women stranded in the al-Hawl camp in Syria. (Four Corners) "All of the outcomes are unattractive, high-risk and regrettable and it would it would have been much better, of course, for certain adults not to have made certain decisions to travel," he said.

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American troops pulling out of Syria are set to go to Iraq, the Pentagon has confirmed. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said “The US withdrawal continues Despite President Trump in the past weeks on multiple occasions arguing that it's “time to bring our soldiers back home ” – the new reality is that

"No-one's putting that on children under five and, particularly young babies, that's fully understood.

"But our job is to provide an overall view to government of all of these sources of information that we have."

The families of Australians caught in Syria have been pleading with the Government to rescue them, as warring Syrian and Turkish forces close in.

The Australian Government has consistently said it would not jeopardise any more Australian lives in any rescue mission.

However, during Senate estimates, Labor Senator Kristina Keneally questioned Mr Pezzullo about whether the Government would take advantage of the five-day pause in the offensive.

She referenced recent international media reports which state British officials are working to transfer the children of British parents linked to Islamic State back to the UK, and asked if the Government had considered bringing back Australian children.

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Mr Pezzullo said the area was "still dangerous."

Home Affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo giving evidence to Senate Estimates.© ABC News: Matt Roberts Home Affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo giving evidence to Senate Estimates. "There are Turkish military forces there, Turkish-aligned militia forces," he said.

"It's badlands there and you would want to be very, very confident that you had a view, a comprehensive view, of all of the risks being manifest through the actions of each individual actor, plus their interaction.

"In some sense it's Hobson's Choice because if left where they are, there is an almost certain awful outcome."

Ten per cent of Medevac transfers required hospital: border force

Details were also revealed about the operation of Australia's so-called medevac laws, which allow refugees and asylum seekers to be brought to mainland Australia for medical treatment

The Federal Government is continuing its push to repeal the bill giving doctors a greater say in the transfer of asylum seekers from offshore detention to Australia for medical treatment.

Operation Sovereign Borders head Major General Craig Furini said just 13 of the 135 medical-transfer patients brought to Australia had required hospitalisation.

He said none were currently receiving in-patient care.

"As of this morning, there are zero of those transferred in hospital," he said.

Major General Furini also told estimates six people with "adverse" security concerns had been transferred to Australia.

"There have been six approved who have been transferred to Australia and two people approved still awaiting transfer who have adverse security or character holdings in departmental databases."

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