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Abbott urges countries to help in fight against IS group

MEDIA CALL: Gillard, Abbott to hold Q&A session at Rooty Hill RSL Wednesday, 11 August 2010 from 6.00pm Sydney, Australia, August 9, 2010 – Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will be holding a people’s forum at Rooty Hill RSL on Wednesday, 11 August 2010 from 6.00pm. The event will be facilitated by political editor David Speers and telecast live across Australia. The audience, which will include approximately 200 swinging voters from Western Sydney chosen by Galaxy Research, as well as media representatives, will have the opportunity to ask the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader questions related to their policies and in particular, how it affects the local community. Gillard, Abbott Q&A session details Date:         Wednesday, 11 August 2010 Time:          6.00pm (media can set up from 5.15pm) Where:       Rooty Hill RSL                   Waratah Room                   55 Sherbrooke Street, Rooty Hill NSW 2766 RSVP:         chris@dashpr.com.au Schedule 6.00pm       Prime Minister Julia Gillard address – Q&A 7.00pm       Break for refreshments 7.30pm       Opposition Leader Tony Abbott address – Q&A 8.30pm       Close A limited number of seats are available for media representatives for this event. To attend this media call or for further information regarding the Gillard, Abbott Q&A session, please contact Christine Kardashian at Dash PR on 02 8084 0705 / 0416 005 703 or email chris@dashpr.com.au. ________________________________________ MEDIA RELEASE: Rooty Hill RSL to host Gillard, Abbott Q&A session Wednesday, 11 August 2010 from 6.00pm Sydney, Australia, August 9, 2010 – Rooty Hill RSL, Australia’s largest RSL club, will host the highly anticipated people’s forum with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. The event will be held on Wednesday, 11 August 2010 from 6.00pm, facilitated by political editor David Speers and telecast live across Australia. Why Rooty Hill RSL? Rooty Hill RSL

MEDIA CALL: Gillard, Abbott to hold Q&A session at Rooty Hill RSL<br />Wednesday, 11 August 2010 from 6.00pm<br />Sydney, Australia, August 9, 2010 – Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will be holding a people’s forum at Rooty Hill RSL on Wednesday, 11 August 2010 from 6.00pm. The event will be facilitated by political editor David Speers and telecast live across Australia.<br />The audience, which will include approximately 200 swinging voters from Western Sydney chosen by Galaxy Research, as well as media representatives, will have the opportunity to ask the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader questions related to their policies and in particular, how it affects the local community.<br />Gillard, Abbott Q&A session details<br />Date: Wednesday, 11 August 2010<br />Time: 6.00pm (media can set up from 5.15pm)<br />Where: Rooty Hill RSL<br />Waratah Room<br />55 Sherbrooke Street, Rooty Hill NSW 2766<br />RSVP: chris@dashpr.com.au<br />Schedule<br />6.00pm Prime Minister Julia Gillard address – Q&A<br />7.00pm Break for refreshments<br />7.30pm Opposition Leader Tony Abbott address – Q&A<br />8.30pm Close<br />A limited number of seats are available for media representatives for this event. To attend this media call or for further information regarding the Gillard, Abbott Q&A session, please contact Christine Kardashian at Dash PR on 02 8084 0705 / 0416 005 703 or email chris@dashpr.com.au.<br />________________________________________<br />MEDIA RELEASE: Rooty Hill RSL to host Gillard, Abbott Q&A session<br />Wednesday, 11 August 2010 from 6.00pm<br />Sydney, Australia, August 9, 2010 – Rooty Hill RSL, Australia’s largest RSL club, will host the highly anticipated people’s forum with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. The event will be held on Wednesday, 11 August 2010 from 6.00pm, facilitated by political editor David Speers and telecast live across Australia.<br />Why Rooty Hill RSL?<br />Rooty Hill RSL

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday urged countries around the world to proactively help fight the Islamic State (IS) group instead of expecting others to do the “heavy-lifting”, as the jihadists eye international expansion.

Speaking at a public lecture on regional security in Singapore, Abbott said the group, which has drawn thousands of people worldwide to fight in Syria and Iraq, could commit “more and worse atrocities as long as even a small minority of people are susceptible to its message.”

Asia-Pacific leaders including Abbott and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have previously warned of the potential formation of a regional arm of IS in Southeast Asia by returning fighters.

“Daesh will seek to expand until it is overthrown. That is what the logic of the caliphate demands,” Abbott said, using an alternative name for the group.

“There are no good options here, but the worst is simply hoping for the best, waiting for something to turn up or expecting someone else to do the heavy lifting,” he said at the lecture attended by academics, diplomats and government officials.

The Australian leader, in Singapore for a two-day visit, lauded the Southeast Asian city-state’s Religious Rehabilitation Group, which counsels and re-indoctrinates jailed militants and youths drawn to extremist views.

IS is “using an online world without borders to brainwash our young people and to accustom them to kill for their cause,” Abbott said.

“Living in pluralist democracies, under the rule of law where killing in the name of God is almost unimaginable, it is hard even to begin to appreciate the motives and methods of an apocalyptic death cult,” he added.

Abbott said there are currently at least 120 Australians fighting with the jihadists in the Middle East, “with about 160 at home recruiting for them and funding them”.

Canberra last September raised its threat level to high and carried out a series of terrorism raids. In December, two hostages died in a 16-hour seige at a Sydney cafe that had been overtaken by a gunman apparently inspired by IS.

Abbott’s government is presently also working to amend the law so as to strip dual nationals linked to terrorism of their citizenship.

Abbott and Singapore’s Lee earlier Monday signed an agreement enhancing cooperation — including in defence, counter-terrorism and intelligence sharing — between their two countries on the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

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