Anti-ISIS bride mayors ready to fork out thousands to confront Anthony Albanese over Islamic State families moving in – as they reveal why they abandoned the plan at the last minute
- Mayors were ready to gatecrash Labor gala dinner to raise Isis bride concerns
- Trio would have paid thousands to front prime minister over the resettlements
- Minster finally agreed to meet western Sydney trio on their turf to discuss issue
- Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone reveals no brides are being resettled in his area
- Mayors feared Isis brides moving in would traumatise victims of the terror group
Three furious Sydney mayors have abandoned their threat to spend thousands to confront Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at a fancy Labor gala dinner after a federal minister listened to their concerns about Islamic State brides.
Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil met the trio, who represent areas in western Sydney, last Friday, heading off the potentially awkward interaction during a grand anniversary celebration fundraiser for the ALP on Friday.
Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone insisted he and his neighbouring mayors would have forked out the necessary cash to attend Friday’s $1500-a-table ‘It’s Time’ fundraising dinner if Friday’s meeting in western Sydney had not gone ahead.
‘We said we would buy the tickets to speak with the prime minister just so our community voice can be heard,’ Cr Carbone said.
‘We would pay that price because that’s what is required.’
‘We don’t think it should have been required because we think that people should be able to have a discussion with three mayors in local government that almost represent a million people.’
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone (pictured) has revealed he and two other western Sydney mayors were prepared to fork out thousands to attend a gala Labor dinner to front the prime minster over their concerns of having to resettle Isis brides in their respective areas
Ms O’Neil briefed Cr Carbone along with Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun and Campbelltown Mayor George Greiss on the repatriation of the four women who travelled to the Middle East as family members of radical Islamic fighters.
The women were repatriated to Australia earlier this month with their 13 children and quietly resettled in NSW and Victoria.
A total of 13 women and 42 children are set to be resettled in Australia from Syria after spending years in the al-Roj refugee camp.
Following the unwelcome threat of the fancy Labor dinner being gatecrashed Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil (pictured front right) and Energy Minister Chris Bowen (pictured front right) met with the three mayors on Friday to discuss their concerns
But in a bizarre twist Cr Carbone, who in a fiery clash with The Project host Waleed Aly insisted relocating the ISIS brides to his area would traumatise victims of the terror group now living there, revealed Fairfield would take none of the women.
‘We are quite happy with what has occurred,’ Cr Carbone told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday.
‘Many tell us what we should do, what we should accept, be we need to take our people seriously. We know what’s good for ourselves.’
A total of 13 women and 42 children are set to be resettled in Australia from Syria after spending years in refugee camps al-Roj (above) and al-Hol
Cr Carbone repeated his controversial analogy that placing ISIS brides among people who had experienced the group’s atrocities was ‘like putting Hitler’s wife in a Jewish town’ and you didn’t have ‘to be Einstein’ to work out how traumatic that could be.
‘It should be up to those who have lost family and friends,’ Cr Carbone said.
Reflecting on his clash with Aly, Cr Carbone said many people were happy to tell western Sydney residents what to think without understanding the area.
‘They don’t know western Sydney but they think they know what is good for us,’ he said.
Prime minister Anthony Albanese avoided a potentially awkward meeting with the mayors at a fancy Labor do on Friday
Cr Carbone stressed that western Sydney had generously welcomed refugees from all corners of the globe but in the case of Isis associated they had actually fought ‘our country’.
While Cr Carbone said he did not dispute the government’s right to resettle people it should not be done under a ‘veil of secrecy’.
As an independent, he believed he could speak up for the community and demand transparency that others might not do because of party connections.
The four Australian women arrived in Sydney last week along with their 13 children, who had all been living in the al-Roj camp in Syria since the fall of ISIS.
It is believed an unspecified number of the returnees have been sent to Melbourne.
The Project’s Waleed Aly had a heated confrontation with Cr Carbone over the mayor’s opposition to resettling the Isis families
After Cr Carbone’s clashed with Aly, he accused the TV presenter of failing to understand how it was to walk in ‘the shoes’ of western Sydney.
‘He doesn’t understand how hard it is. It’s our city that’s always taken the burden of resettled migrants,’ Cr Carbone said following the on-air stoush that attracted a number of viewer complaints.
‘You wouldn’t put Hitler’s wife in the middle of a Jewish settlement.’
Cr Carbone then suggested the former ISIS members should be moved to Aly’s Melbourne neighbourhood so he could experience Fairfield’s experience resettling ‘12,000 refugees’.
The ‘It’s Time’ dinner is being held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gough Whitlam’s Labor government, which returned Labor to power after decades of conservative rule.
One of the repatriated Australian women at a McDonald’s in Sydney’s west after being flown out of Syria