Senator Marise Payne – responding to Abetz’s motion marking the death of former Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin and commemorating Rabin’s commitment to peace

photo of Senator Marise Payne
December 3, 2020

I would also note that this motion comes to this place today to commemorate and mark the death of then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. It acknowledges his promotion of peace and coexistence at that time, but we know for all time, given the nature of his leadership and his legacy.

Full speech

Senator PAYNE (New South WalesMinister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women) (12:02): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator PAYNE: I would also note that this motion comes to this place today to commemorate and mark the death of then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. It acknowledges his promotion of peace and coexistence at that time, but we know for all time, given the nature of his leadership and his legacy. The motion very clearly refers to an enduring two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, supported by Australia—a two-state solution mutually negotiated and agreed by Israelis and Palestinians. That it is not possible to extend with courtesy, diplomacy and generosity of spirit an acknowledgement of this resolution by the Greens in this chamber, is profoundly disappointing.

Question agreed to.

The PRESIDENT: Senator Abetz, are you seeking the call?

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