Allegra Spender MP – in support of the Prime Minister’s motion

People should not let sympathy for the Palestinians’ legitimate aspiration for statehood, which is a very legitimate aspiration and one that I share—I share the aspiration for a state of Israel and a state of Palestine that are free and secure, alongside each...

Senator Simon Birmingham – in support of Senator Wong’s motion

The coalition is unequivocal in the belief that, in exercising its right to self-defence, Israel has the right to remove the threat that Hamas presents to the Israeli people. Hamas, which stands only for bloodshed and terror, is not only a threat to Israel but...

Senator Penny Wong – motion relating to Hamas’ attacks on Israel

This will be one of Israel’s many considerations as it determines how it pursues its legitimate military objectives, and we recognise this will be challenging. Hamas has burrowed itself into Gaza’s civilian population. It uses the Palestinian people and...

Senator Bridget McKenzie – in support of Senator Wong’s motion

For my part, I am a Zionist. I’ve visited Israel several times. I steadfastly and unashamedly defend the right of Israel to defend itself from the existential threat to the only genuine democracy in the Middle East. Senator McKENZIE (Victoria—Leader of the...

Senator Dean Smith – in support of Senator Wong’s motion

There is no moral equivalence between actors where one fights according to the laws of war under international scrutiny and the other commits terrorist attacks that target children, the elderly and the unarmed. Senator DEAN SMITH (Western Australia) (20:00): I rise...