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Western Sydney leaders meet with Minister to share ISIS brides concerns

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The Home Affairs Minister and three Western Sydney mayors have sat down for closed door discussions over the resettlement of ISIS brides and their children.

Clare O’Neill sat down with the Fairfield, Liverpool and Campbelltown mayors, after repeated calls for talks about the repatriation of Islamic State brides.

Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone told Deborah Knight he left the meeting not feeling confident their concerns would be fixed.

“The Minister made it clear she doesn’t have the power or authority to cancel citizenships or stop them coming into the country.”

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Industry and Science Minister Ed Husic has defended the delayed response, saying it’s good news a meeting took place between the two parties.

But Shadow Treasurer Angus Taylor disagrees, saying it’s an issue which the government isn’t taking seriously enough.

“It’s clear these mayors have real concerns, they’ve made their views clear. It’s disappointing it’s taken so long as it’s a very real issue.”

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