When Australian forces leave Afghanistan in the next 12 months it would be morally reprehensible to abandon those Afghans that have risked their lives to support our military and civilian efforts.
Hundreds of interpreters have patrolled and fought bravely with our soldiers, some have instructed in our trade training schools or worked in construction or logistics areas, some in our kitchens. Many of these brave souls have already died, victims of combat where they simply sought to provide language and understanding.
They walked the same dusty tracks and bled the same blood as us, now it’s time to offer them a way to a new home. To leave them and their families behind to the mercy of local forces would be a sad indictment on us as a nation and a betrayal of our history.
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