The head of the Northern Territory branch of the Labor party has reportedly flown overseas to fight in Syria against terror group Islamic State.
Matthew Gardiner, who also served as a secretary in the United Voice union and a treasurer in peak body Unions NT, left the country several weeks ago to fight with Kurdish militants
It’s believed Mr Gardiner, 43, who served with the Australian Army in Somalia in the 1990s, was able to leave Australia because he was not on any watch list.
It is illegal to fight in Syria on any side of the conflict against Islamic State.
Although Mr Gardiner resigned from his position at United Voice, he remains the NT branch president of the Labor Party. He has not been seen for weeks and his mobile phone is switched off.
Update: 5th April 2015
Matthew Gardiner, former president of NT Labor, released from Darwin airport after returning from Islamic State battle zone (here)
SBS have a few lines pushed out in 2016 (here)
extract – “The day before his disappearance last January, Northern Territory union boss and state Labor Party president Matthew Gardiner told his Darwin colleagues and his family that he would be driving to Alice Springs early the next morning.”