NT Labor boss off to Syria to fight against Islamic State

THE head of the Northern Territory Labor Party has left Australia intending on joining Kurdish fighters in the battle against Islamic State militants in Syria, the ABC has confirmed.

Matthew Gardiner was also the secretary of hospitality, childcare and emergency services union United Voice in the NT, as well as the treasurer of peak body Unions NT.

The 43-year-old served as Australian Army combat engineer in Somalia in the early 1990s.

The ABC understands Mr Gardiner was able to leave the country because he was not on any watch list.

About 90 Australians are now thought to be overseas fighting with Islamic State or similar terrorist groups, which has prompted the Government to repeat its warning against people joining the conflict.

Please Note: A spokesperson for Attorney-General George Brandis said it was illegal for Australian citizens to support any armed group in Syria, even against ISIS.

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