On the IS debate, Labor is missing in action

The absence of parliamentary debate about Australia's involvement in the IS intervention means that unqualified assertions made by Tony Abbott and the Greens are going unchallenged.

Were it not for the fact that a number of Australians (it is unclear how many) have travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight for the self-named Islamic State, would it be in Australia’s national interest to send a substantial force to help degrade and ultimately defeat IS?

And were it not for the fact that 100 or so people in Australia, according to ASIO, are actively involved in recruiting and raising funds for IS, would the Abbott government have raised the terror alert rating last week from medium to high?

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