AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Julie Bishop Stands By Yassmin Abdel-Magied

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Julie Bishop Stands By Yassmin Abdel-Magied

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced she won’t push for ABC presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied to step down from her role on the Council of Arab-Australia Relations (CAAR).

It comes after senator Eric Abetz wrote to Ms Bishop in the wake of a controversial tweet by Ms Abdel-Magied regarding ANZAC Day commemorations, which read ‘LEST. WE. FORGET. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine ).

In a letter back to Mr Abetz, the Foreign Minister confirmed Ms Abdel-Magied had agreed to personal mentoring from Houssam Abiad, who is CAAR’s acting chairman and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Adelaide.

Ms Bishop went on to say she had spoken to the ABC presenter and conveyed the ‘deep concerns of the Australian Government’.

‘(Ms Abdel-Magied) told me she was mortified that her post, intending to be reference to current global conflicts and crises, was seen as a reflection and rejection of the sanctity of ANZAC Day, and the sacrifice of our veterans and their families,’ she said in the letter.

‘Ms Abdel-Magied acknowledged that her post was inappropriate and had caused deep offence to many in our community’.

Senator Abetz has since replied to the letter criticising the Ministers decision.

‘The fact the Minister has acknowledged the need for Yassmin Abdel Magied to have a personal mentor speaks volumes about her suitability and capacity for taxpayer-funded advisory roles.’

Ms Bishop’s letter also highlighted that other CAAR members had praised the work Ms Abdel-Magied had done while on the council.

– Sky News

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