Armed groups are taking to the streets of Australia to protest the decision to send troops to the country to help fight the Syrian government.
The Syrian conflict has taken a heavy toll on the lives of many Australians, with an estimated 2,000 Australians having died since the conflict began in 2011.
The government has announced it will send 5,000 troops, with the United States and its allies supplying the majority of the troops.
The United Nations says it would be “shocking” if Australia were to send Australian troops to help.
“Australia is a key member of the United Nations Security Council and we are not going to be doing anything that could be perceived to be aiding or abetting the Syrian regime,” Mr Turnbull said on Wednesday.
Our Government has been clear that we will not send our troops to a country that is supporting a government that is directly engaged in this type of action against its own people.””
Australia is sending an unequivocal message that it will not be supporting a regime that is actively pursuing its interests in Syria.”
Our Government has been clear that we will not send our troops to a country that is supporting a government that is directly engaged in this type of action against its own people.
“Mr Turnbull said the decision was based on the fact that “we are already providing some assistance to the Government of Syria”.”
We are providing training, we are providing assistance, we have a role to play and I think it is incumbent upon us to do that,” he said.”
The UN Security Council is not going anywhere, it’s the Security Council that decides who gets to make the decisions.
“We will not do that and I would hope that we would have the opportunity to explain to the UN that we have done that and that we are doing that in the right way and we have the moral and ethical responsibility to do it.”