Abdel Magied should be sacked

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has written to the Minister for Foreign Affairs asking that Yassmin Abdel Magied to be dismissed from her official government advisory positions over her unacceptable comments on ANZAC day.

Ms Abdel Magied, according to the DFAT website, is a member of the Council for Australian-Arab Relations. The Minister for Foreign Affairs may terminate the appointment of a member of the Board at any time by notice in writing.

“Ms Abdel Magied has demonstrated that she is unfit and lacks the judgement to build stronger Australian-Arab relations and as a result her appointment should be terminated as a matter of urgency,” Senator Abetz said.

“To understand the significance and high regard ANZAC day is held in our Australian culture should be a minimum and basic requirement to serve on such a body. Ms Magied fails that test.”

“I note a number of Islamic leaders have similarly condemned Ms Abdel Magied’s reprehensible comments for seeking to make political mileage out of ANZAC day.”

“During the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd Governments, Ms Abdel Magied was given a number of plumb government appointments including to the G20 Youth Steering Committee, and outrageously as it happens to the Federal ANZAC Centenary Commemoration Youth Working Group.”

“I am hopeful that the Government will take action to remove Ms Abdel Magied from her role given her very poor judgement,” Senator Abetz concluded.

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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