Senator Christine Milne – put motion to recognise the state of Palestine (motion did not proceed due to objection by Senator Mitchell Fifield, Liberal).

photo of Senator Christine Milne
February 9, 2015

“…the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution”

Full motion

Notice given 24 March 2014

    197   Leader of the Australian Greens ( Senator Milne ): To move—That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

              (i)   over the past year, Israeli settlements in the West Bank have significantly increased,

             (ii)   it is unlawful under the Fourth Geneva Convention for an occupying power to transfer parts of its own population into the territory it occupies, and

            (iii)   world leaders, including the British Prime Minister, Mr Cameron, have called for a halt in settlement activity by Israel; and

   (b)   calls on:

              (i)   the Israeli Government to cease expansion of settlements in the West Bank, and

             (ii)   the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Bishop, to publicly acknowledge that all settlements are illegal and in breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

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