Commonwealth government must ‘strive’ to relocate Afghan interpreters: Rennick

LNP Senator for Queensland Gerard Rennick says the Commonwealth government must “strive” to do all it can to assist Afghan interpreters in relocating to Australia.

However, Senator Rennick said the operation could prove to be difficult following the government’s decision to close down the nation’s embassy in Afghanistan.

“Obviously we’ve got to get the interpreters out of there – it’s a lot easier said than done but it’s something we should strive to do,” he said.

“We were in Afghanistan for 20 years, it’s a very difficult country to conquer; it stopped Alexander the Great, it stopped the British Empire, it stopped the Russian empire.

“I’m led to believe because the embassy closed down, that made it a hell of a lot harder, but definitely something we should be doing.”