Collection of statements on Palestine and Israel from the Hansard record of the Australian Federal Parliament.
1 March 2018, Senate, Senate Estimates. Senator Lee Rhiannon (Greens, NSW) asks about Australia’s engagement regarding Palestinian children in military detention & the US decision to move their Israeli embassy to Jerusalem.
Senator RHIANNON: Has the Australian government raised concerns with Israel regarding the other Palestinian children currently held in Israeli detention? I understand there are about 350 Palestinian children held in Israeli military jails? Mr Neuhaus : We have consistently raised the issue of minors in detention, yes….. Mr Neuhaus : We’re disappointed by the US decision. We think it complicates the peace process, but we still regard the US as playing a very important role and as a necessary player for any peace process.
1 March 2018, Senate, Senate Estimates. Senator Eric Abetz (Liberal, Tas) seeking to undermine Australian aid to Palestine and the definition of Palestinian refugees.
27 February 2018, Senate, Senate Estimates. Senator Eric Abetz (Liberal, Tas) challenging ABC reporting of Ahed Tamimi’s situation.
13 February 2018, Senate, Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor, Tas) – spoke about her recent time in Palestine.
I rise today to express my deep concern about the ongoing occupation of Palestine and the current global discourse which risks permanently ending any chance for peace. I visited Israel and the West Bank of Palestine late last year with the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network. It was my first time in the region. What I saw was both horrifying and tragic.
12 February 2018, Senate, Senator Lisa Singh (Labor, Tas) – spoke in support of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, and the rights of Palestinian children.
I believe Ahed Tamimi’s real crime in the eyes of Israel has been to shame that country’s illegal occupation of Palestine and her point-blank refusal to accept or bow down to that 50-year-old occupation and the guns that come with it.
6 February 2018, Senate, Senator Lee Rhiannon (Greens, NSW) – spoke in support of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, and the rights of Palestinian children.
…this is another example of how the Israeli authorities flout their obligations under international law. Palestinian children are paying the price with their childhood. On this issue, the Australian government remains silent. We should all raise our voices to free Ahed and all children jailed in Palestine.