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Julie Bishop is a dangerous, lying, neglectful crook who has put Australia at risk through her knowing support for Islamists

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I've just been sent this clip from 7 news.  You think I'm a bit angry?  


It's apparently now "news" that Australian aid went to terrorists.

18 months ago I wrote both personally to BISHOP and to her department.

Request for comment from DFAT on new $60M plans to engage with IS-supporters Moro Islamic Liberation Front

I've just sent this note to the very responsive media people at DFAT.


I have a further query arising from material in that story.  
I refer to this publication from DFAT advising of its intention to provide $60M for further education in Mindanao.
The supporting material here Attachment: PATHWAYS Investment Design: Second draft [ZIP 2 MB] includes a document titled 
Annex B: Program Logic

The following narrative provides a discussion of the program logic that underpins the investment design for the Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (PATHWAYS) program.


The central element of this approach is the engagement of the two core actors (the ARMM, specifically the DepEd-ARMM – on behalf of the GPH and the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) on behalf of the MILF) through a ‘twin pathway’ implementation arrangement. 

That document advises that DFAT will be engaging with the the Tarbiyyah, ie the Education Committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to work on the curriculum of the Madrassas associated with MILF.

A few weeks ago the Islamic State released material regarding its supporters and those who have pledged allegiance to it in The Philippines.   This 12 June report from the publication Threat Matrix refers:

‘Amaq News Agency, one of the Islamic State’s news outlets, has released a short infographic detailing the jihadist group’s operations and activities in the Philippines. The infographic is set up similar to those released for official Islamic State wilayats (provinces), which indicates the rising importance of the Philippines for the jihadist group.


The infographic (above) includes several important claims of the Islamic State in the Philippines, including how many groups have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and where these groups operate. Additionally, it claims 289 Filipino troops have been killed by Islamic State forces since April 2015, including 100 alone in April 2016. The Filipino government has heavily disputed these numbers.

While the infographic contains numbers from April 2015, it confirms the first official announcement of Filipino jihadist groups pledging allegiance to the Islamic State occurred in January 2016. Videos and reports of groups pledging bayah (allegiance) have emerged since 2014, shortly after Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, claimed the creation of a caliphate. The video in January, however, was the first time the Islamic State publicly accepted these pledges.

A month later, the Islamic State’s Furat media released another video showing more groups pledging allegiance.  This includes Isnilon Hapilon, a US-designated terrorist, who heads the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). In an April issue of the Islamic State’s weekly newsletter Al Naba, the jihadist group said that Hapilon (called Abu Abdullah al Filipini, one of his noms de guerre, in the newsletter) has been appointed as emir of all Islamic State forces in the Philippines according to a translation from the SITE Intelligence Group.

His appointment seems likely as Hapilon is the senior most figure to have defected to the Islamic State in the Philippines. This also means that a formal leadership structure for the Islamic State is in place, exemplifying its expansion in the country. The latest infographic also shows more examples of expansion and gives credence to a formal leadership structure, as ‘Amaq claims that the Islamic State has 10 “fighting battalions” in the Philippines.

This number includes at least a portion or all of ASG, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), Ansar Khilafah in the Philippines, Katibat Ansar al ShariaKatibat Marakah al Ansar, the Islamic State in LanaoJund al Tawhid (a former ASG battalion), Jamaat al Tawhid wal Jihad (a group formerly loyal to al Qaeda), and parts of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).


The Islamic State published this photo with the Arabic and apparently Tagalog caption noting the pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State from a group of MILF members.


Assuming the Islamic State photo is genuine and its announcement is factual - why are we engaging with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front's Tarbiyyah committee when parts of that organisation have pledged Bay-ah or allegiance to the Islamic State?

Could I ask for a response by midday tomorrow please?


DFAT wants time to answer our query on Australian taxpayers pay $38M to fund Muslim education in a province claimed by the Islamic State


DFAT has acknowledged our note and asked for our deadline for an answer - I've suggested midday tomorrow as a reasonable period for DFAT to make enquiries.


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Thanks to Seeker of Truth for researching our funding to The Philippines island of Mindanao, a hotbed of Islamic traditional practices including the beheading of two Canadian hostages in the past few weeks.

We provide $38M for "Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao (Philippines)".   Why?  What do we get out of advancing Muslim education in Abu Sayyaf territory - now claimed as part of the Islamic State..

Given the way Islam is practiced in Mindanao and the relative impunity with which Abu Sayyaf operates it's reasonable to wonder what influence Abu Sayyaf and thus the Islamic State has on the madrassas and Islamic schools in Mindanao - which we are funding to the tune of $38M.  

A short time ago I sent this email to DFAT.

To the proper officer,
On 6 May 2015 the government's AusTender website announced that Cardno Emerging Markets (Australia) Pty Ltd had been awarded a $38M contract to provide "Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao (Philippines)".
Last week the Islamic State or Daesh announced that it had effective control of much or all of Mindinao and it proclaimed the island a wilayat or province of the Islamic State (or Caliphate/Khalifah) with the Muslim terrorist Insilon Hapilon appointed as the Emir of the province.
I have included media reports and links to the Islamic State claim of sovereignty over Mindanao below.
Islamic State also issued a call to Asian Islamists who cannot get to Iraq or Syria to go to Mindanao to join the Islamic State and to live under its Sharia.
I know we do not recognise the legitimacy of the Islamic State, let alone its claim to sovereignty over part of The Philippines.  However it would appear that large numbers of locals do.
Is the Australian Government aware of the Islamic State claim that Mindanao is part of the Caliphate? Is the DFAT funding for Muslim education in Mindanao affected?
What is the syllabus being taught in Mindanao through our $38M "Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao (Philippines)"?
Can the Australian Government reassure us that none of our money goes to the benefit of the Islamic State or or to advance its teachings, including those of its subsidiaries like Abu Sayyat?
Given the Abu Sayyaf/Islamic State influence in the province, is it wise for Australia to fund Muslim education given the widespread traditional Islamic practices and influence on the way Islam is practiced?
Kind regards,
Michael Smith

After months of buildup, which included pledges of loyalty from various local groups, the Islamic State has officially created a province in the Philippines. A newly released video from the region, which was produced in the same style as all other Islamic State provinces, offered confirmation of the new province.

The video begins by showing several “battalions” of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. This includes the Abu Dujana Battalion, Abu Khubaib Battalion, Jundallah Battalion, and the Abu Sadr Battalion. These battalions joined others from ASG, including Jund al TawhidAnsar al Sharia, and Marakah al Ansar in pledging bayah to the Islamic State. Additionally, some of ASG’s leadership, including overall leader Isnilon Hapilon (who is shown in the video), have pledged to the jihadist group.

Hapilon, a US-designated terrorist, was again confirmed as the leader of all of the Islamic State’s forces in the Philippines. In an April issue of the Islamic State’s weekly newsletter Al Naba, the jihadist group said that Hapilon, also known as Abu Abdullah al Filipini, had been appointed as emir. In a portion of the video featuring a Filipino fighter in Raqqah, Syria, he confirms the Al Naba report.

Hapilon is the senior most figure to have defected to the Islamic State in the Philippines. The video also confirms that a formal leadership structure for the Islamic State has indeed been put into place, exemplifying its expansion in the country. This was also seen earlier this month in an infographic released by the ‘Amaq News Agency, one of the jihadist group’s news outlets. The infographic included several important facts from the Islamic State in the Philippines, including the number of groups that have pledged allegiance and where they operate. (See Threat Matrix report, Islamic State details activity in the Philippines.)

CN ID CN1123382-A2
Agency Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid Program
Amendment Publish Date 6-May-2015 
Category Management advisory services
Contract Period 30-Mar-2015 to 30-Jun-2017 
Contract Value (AUD) $38,149,141.80 
Amendment Start Date 6-May-2015 
Description Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao (Philippines)
Parent CN CN1123382
Procurement Method Open tender
Confidentiality - Contract No 
Confidentiality - Outputs No 
Consultancy No

Supplier Details

Postal Address 501 Swanston St
Town/City Melbourne
Postcode 3000
State/Territory VIC
ABN 23 006 170 869

Michael Smith <[email protected]>

3:29 AM (2 minutes ago)
to Media at DFAT
What a dreadful situation. $38M in Australian taxpayer money earmarked for Muslim education in a place where being Muslim means following the Islamic State.
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