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Natalie Barr clashed with education minister Jason Clare after he admitted not knowing whether the ISIS brides flown back to Australia had charged the terror group.
The host of Sunrise grilled Mr Clare, saying it was the ‘number one hot ticket item’ Australians wanted to know after resettling in western Sydney in October.
“Let’s start with the main question I keep getting on this: Did these women denounce ISIS?” Barr asked Friday.
‘I suppose so,’ replied Mr Clare.
The clash came when Home Secretary Clare O’Neil was forced to meet three Sydney mayors in person over their resettlement concerns – a huge backlash after she first attempted to hold a meeting on the serious issue on Zoom.
Natalie Barr clashed with education minister Jason Clare after he admitted not knowing whether the ISIS brides flown back to Australia had charged the terror group
The host of Sunrise grilled Mr Clare saying it was the ‘number one hot ticket item’ Australians wanted to know after being resettled in western Sydney in October
The heated clash came as Home Secretary Clare O’Neil met with three Sydney mayors about their concerns about the women’s resettlement.
Mr Clare tried to downplay his vague answer by comparing how previous governments had handled similar issues in the past before Barr cut him off.
“People in western Sydney don’t want to assume they have,” she said.
“It’s the number one hot ticket item, do we know they charged ISIS and what kind of security is there around these women?”
Mr Clare tried to talk about the previous government a second time before Barr stopped him again.
“Let’s talk from now on, what happens now. Have they denounced ISIS?’ she said.
Mr. Clare seemed to lose his temper before responding to the Sunrise host.
“Sorry, I haven’t picked up the phone and spoken to Nat yet, so I can’t tell you,” he said.
“I’ll give you an honest answer, Nat.”
Four Australian women who have been in the al-Roj camp in Syria since the fall of ISIS, along with 13 children, arrived in Sydney last month following a sting operation.
“ISIS was a terror organization that killed innocent people,” Clare said.
Mayor of Liverpool Ned Mannoun, Mayor of Fairfield Frank Carbone, Mayor of Campbelltown Goerge Greiss, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bown and Home Secretary Clare O’Neil
The clash came as Home Secretary Clare O’Neil was forced to meet three Sydney mayors face-to-face over their resettlement concerns – a huge backlash after she first attempted to hold a meeting on the serious issue on Zoom
“No one from any program in Australia would have a good word about it.
“And I suppose these people wouldn’t either. These are small children, even with their mothers.’
Deputy Liberal leader Sussan Ley weighed in by saying ISIS was much more than a “garbage organization” that is “focused on attacking our way of life.”
“Can you imagine how you would feel as a resident of one of these suburbs if the people who support this terrible terrorist regime actually came to live in their neighborhood?” she said.
Cr Mannoun, Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone and Campbelltown Mayor George Greiss received a safety briefing from Ms O’Neil on Friday.
The meeting comes after the three wrote a letter to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese outlining their concerns.
“We don’t want to politicize the matter, but this is eroding social cohesion and the beautiful tapestry of Western Sydney,” Cr Mannoun said.
The host of Sunrise grilled Mr Clare saying it was the ‘number one hot ticket item’ Australians wanted to know after resettling in western Sydney in October
Cr Carbone questioned why the families were not being returned to Melbourne, saying refugees in his area had lost their homes and churches and had witnessed people being killed.
“It’s like putting Hitler’s wife in a Jewish town, it’s really insensitive and very poor,” he told Sky News on Friday.
“I don’t think the government has thought this through.”
ISIS emerged from the political vacuum in Iraq and the civil war in Syria. ISIS proclaimed a ‘caliphate’ in 2014 and ruled with an iron fist over vast areas between the two countries.
ISIS attracted thousands of foreign fighters, including dozens of Australians, who in some cases committed atrocities and genocidal acts against the Gnostic-worshiping Yazidis and Christian Assyrians, according to the United Nations.