Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten pay surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan

Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten pay surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have undertaken a joint visit to Afghanistan, for a surprise visit to Australian troops in Uruzgan province.

Mr Abbott has used the visit to officially declare the end of Australian involvement in the conflict, which is Australia’s longest war, starting in 2001.

He’s told a large group of soldiers at the Tarin Kowt base, the war is ending, not with victory or defeat, but with hope Afghanistan is now a better place, thanks to Australia’s involvement.

It marks the first ever bipartisan political visit to the Australian base.

The pair were also accompanies by Chief of the Defence Force David Hurley and Defence Minister David Johnston.

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