Posted: 30 September, 2016
Former QLD MP Wyatt Roy Slammed For Visiting Iraq
"We're talking about a war zone. It's not a Contiki Tour."
The federal government's pretty upset with former Queensland MP Wyatt Roy, who got caught in crossfire in Iraq after ignoring advice not to travel to the war-torn country.
Gunfire broke out between Islamic State and Kurdish forces in an area Australians are legally banned from visiting.
Roy said he travelled to Iraq because he wanted to see the conflict for himself.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop released a statement overnight that said it was "irresponsible for Wyatt Roy to travel to the find line of the conflict" in a region regarded as very high risk.
"Official Australian Government advice for all Australians is “do not travel” to Iraq."
"The Government has also banned travel to the Iraqi city of Mosul, which is under the control of ISIL. He has placed himself at risk of physical harm and capture, and acted in defiance of government advice."
"Mr Roy did not seek nor did he receive assistance from the Australian Government for his travel to Iraq."
"The Government does not endorse or approve of Mr Roy’s actions, and strongly urges other Australians to follow the official advice of “do not travel to Iraq”."
Other politicians have lined up to admonish Roy's actions, Labor Defence Spokesman Richard Marles saying it was "profoundly stupid" for Roy to travel to Iraq.
"We are talking about a war zone. This is not a Contiki tour," he told the Nine Network.