Palestine in Australian politics 2012

Collection of statements on Palestine and Israel from the Hansard record of the Australian Federal Parliament.

29 November Maria Vamvakinou MP 2012, House of Representatives: Maria Vamvakinou MP (ALP, VIC) – speech on occasion of UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and on the UN vote on statehood for Palestine.
“In acknowledging the Australian government’s decision to abstain from this historic vote, I want to note my deepest regrets that we will not be on the right side of history by voting yes… Proclamations that the recognition of a Palestinian state are detrimental to the peace process must realise that the current stalemate in the peace process feeds discontent and frustration amongst the Palestinian people. Now, more than ever, they need a sign of hope.”

28 November 2012, House of Representatives: Questions Without Notice regarding Australia’s support for Israel – Prime Minister Julia Gillard MP (ALP, VIC), Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott MP (Lib., NSW).

28 November 2012, Senate: Senate discussion touched on Australia’s decision to ‘abstain’ on the UN General Assembly vote according Palestine the status of ‘non-member observer State’.
Senator Arthur Sinodinos (Lib., NSW)“By the government’s action we have given our vote—in effect, our consent—to what Hamas has done.”
Senator Ursula Stephens (ALP, NSW)“It is a very important political statement and it reflects our unanimous position, over many, many years and many governments, that a two-state solution must be negotiated through a sensible outcome.”
Senator Barnaby Joyce (Nat., QLD) and Senator Bob Carr (ALP, NSW)
Senator Eric Abetz (Lib., TAS) and Senator Bob Carr (ALP, NSW)

27 November 2012, Senate: Motion put to the Senate calling on Australian Government to support the UN General Assembly vote on according Palestine the status of ‘non-member observer State’.
Senator Christine Milne (Greens, TAS) – moved Motion
Senator Mitchell Fifield (Lib., VIC) – opposed Motion

19-20-21 November 2012, Senate: responses to Israeli military attack on the Gaza Strip, Operation ‘Pillar of Defense’:
Senator Michael Ronaldson (Lib., VIC)“I stand here today to condemn Hamas’s attacks on innocent civilians and their use of human shields, as well as unbalanced reporting on this issue.”
Senator Christine Milne (Greens, TAS) – moved Motion for Australia to support a ceasefire and two state solution. Only the 9 Greens Senators voted in favour of the Motion.
Senator Scott Ryan (xx, xx) – moved Motion condemning rocket attacks from Gaza; Motion not passed.
Senator Ursula Stephens (ALP, NSW) and Senator Bob Carr (ALP, NSW) – discuss Australia’s response to the crisis.
Senator Lee Rhiannon (Greens, NSW) – speech on Gaza.
Senator Doug Cameron (ALP, NSW) – speech on Gaza.

30 October 2012, Senate: Response to Questions on Notice regarding damage to Australian-funded aid programming in Palestine – Senator Lee Rhiannon (Greens, NSW), Senator Bob Carr (ALP, NSW).

30 October 2012, Senate: Senator Lee Rhiannon (Greens, NSW) – speech regarding Israeli attacks on Australian-funded aid programming in Palestine and calling for end to Australia’s military ties to Israel.
“The Australian government’s policy to the Israel-Palestine conflict needs to change. A priority should be ending military cooperation and military trade with Israel.”

30 October 2012, Senate: Discussion and speeches addressing legal attack by Israeli organisation, Shurat Ha-Din, on Australian-funded aid programming operated by World Vision and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees:
Senator Eric Abetz (Lib., TAS) and Senator Bob Carr (ALP, NSW)
Senator Nick Xenophon (Ind., SA)

10 October 2012, House of Representatives: Report of Intelligence and Security Committee relisting various Palestinian organisations as terrorist organisations.

19 September 2012, Senate: Senator Anne Urquhart (ALP, TAS) – speech on 30 years’ commemoration of the massacres in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon.

12 September 2012, Senate: Senator Lee Rhiannon (Greens, NSW) – speech about EWASH report on water, sanitation, hygiene situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

23 August 2012, Senate: Senator Nick Xenophon (Ind., SA) – speech on meeting various Israeli and Australian activists, including APAN, in Parliament.

23 August 2012, Senate: Discussion addressing legal attack by Israeli organisation, Shurat Ha-Din, on Australian-funded aid programming operated by World Vision and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees – Senator Eric Abetz (Lib., TAS) and Senator Bob Carr (ALP, NSW)

22 August 2012, House of Representatives: Melissa Parke MP (ALP, WA) – speech on the work of UNRWA.

21 August 2012, House of Representatives: John Alexander MP (Lib., NSW) – speech noting Israel’s “transition to a position of world leader in innovation and technology” and what Australia can learn for its own ‘nation-building’.

20 August 2012, House of Representatives: Report of Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliament and Institutions and Bilateral Visit to IsraelDeborah O’Neill MP (ALP, NSW), Graham Perrett MP (ALP, QLD).

26 June 2012, Senate: Senator Lee Rhiannon (Greens, NSW) – speech on demolition orders in Susiya, Israeli settlements, and the blockade of Gaza.

22 June 2012, Senate: Senator Claire Moore (ALP, QLD) – speech about administrative detention and Palestinian hunger strikes.

18 June 2012, House of Representatives: Michael Danby MP (ALP, VIC) – grievance debate over ABC reporting of Israel and Palestine.

31 May 2012, Senate: Senate Estimates Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade – Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr (ALP, NSW) responds to legal attacks on Australian aid agencies’ work in Palestine.

14 March 2012, House of Representatives: Melissa Parke MP (ALP, WA) – speech regarding Australian war graves in the Gaza Strip.

13 March 2012, Senate: Senator Lee Rhiannon (Greens, NSW) – speech on killing of an Australian aid recipient in the Gaza Strip.

16 February 2012, Senate: Senate Estimates Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade – questions raised in Senate Estimates Committee about water shortage and efficiency in Palestine.


Acronyms of Australian politics:
ALP – Australian Labor Party
Greens – Australian Greens
Lib. – Liberal Party
Nat. – Nationals Party
FF – Family First Party
Ind. – Independent politician not affiliated with a party