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"A terrorists' picnic" - This Australian minister is dead against sending food hampers to Syria

Julie Bishop was arguing for more air strikes.

AUSTRALIA’S FOREIGN MINISTER has rejected a proposals to provide more foreign aid to Syria, blasting the idea as “a terrorists’ picnic”.

Australia has been discussing with its air strike allies whether to expand its bombing raids from Iraq into Syria.

The issue was being debated in parliament earlier today with the opposition’s foreign affairs spokesperson Tanya Plibersek saying she feels Australia should be providing more humanitarian aid, not fire-power.

“Primarily, our assistance should be humanitarian,” Plibersek said according to ABC News, adding that over 11 million people are displaced in the region.

But foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop strongly rejected this, saying that Plibersek was “attacking government policy on the fight against terrorism,”

“The member for Sydney wants Australia’s Defence Forces to cease the air strikes against Daesh [Islamic State] and she wants our fighter jets to drop food hampers over Syria.

“And guess who’ll end up feasting on them? A terrorists’ picnic.”

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