Why is our government importing “soldiers of Islamic State?”

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, July 31, 2017


It’s been a bad weekend for Islam in Australia – arrests, guilty pleas, abuse. How did we get our immigration and refugee programs so wrong?

My editorial from The Bolt Report.


We have taken in more than 21,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq in just two years, and had 30 per cent of them settle in just one Sydney suburb – Fairfield. The ABC describes a ghetto where unemployment is high, Arabic is the common language, English skills low and complaints against the government and employers long. What have we done?

Two products from Fairfield’s Arabic community, since jailed for 20 years:

TWO alleged terrorists ­accused of being hours from attempting a public beheading trained as body builders and boasted that they acted for “soldiers of Islamic State”. Omar al-Kutobi, 24, and Mohammad Kiad, 25, who is on the dole, had flown under the radar…

Social media also depicted Kiad, a nurse from Kuwait unable to transfer his qualifications to Australia, as a lover of luxury labels such as Dolce & Gabbana and Rolex…

The Daily Telegraph can ­reveal that [the two men] came to Australia as refugees under the former Labor government… Omar al-Kutobi, 24, arrived in Australia by plane in 2009 as an Iraqi national using another person’s passport, a senior intelligence source has confirmed to The Daily Telegraph. They also confirmed that he was granted a protection visa soon after and that he was then granted citizenship in 2013…

It was also confirmed that the second man charged, Mohammad Kiad, entered Australia in 2012. He was granted a visa under the family and spousal visa arrangements. Kiad was receiving welfare, a Newstart allowance, at the time of his arrest. It is believed he applied for and was granted welfare within 12 months of arriving in Australia. Al-Kutobi had also previously been on a Newstart ­allowance.

I am not saying at all that the people shown in Last night’s ABC report on Fairfield are terrorism risks. They actually seem nice. One told how he and his son had found work. Good luck to them.

But look ahead. What will Fairfield become in time? How will a minority of its children react to being part of an underclass?