Senator James McGrath – response to motion by Senator Di Natale relating to Israel and Palestine

photo of Senator James McGrath
May 10, 2018

Australian policy is to support direct negotiation between Israel and the Palestinians to achieve a two-state solution. This policy has continued across governments. Unilateral recognition of a state of Palestine would not contribute to returning the parties to negotiations.

Full speech

Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (12:18): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute, Senator McGrath.

Senator McGRATH: In line with the longstanding view of successive governments, given that formal motions cannot be debated or amended, they should not deal with complex and contested foreign policy matters. Australian policy is to support direct negotiation between Israel and the Palestinians to achieve a two-state solution. This policy has continued across governments. Unilateral recognition of a state of Palestine would not contribute to returning the parties to negotiations.

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