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Candidates that have signed APAN’s pledge

Australian Capital Territory

Candidate Name Candidate Details
Patricia Cahill Greens candidate, Canberra
Christina Hobbs Greens Senate candidate
Carly Saeedi Greens candidate, Fenner
Sue Wareham Greens Senate candidate

New South Wales

Candidate Name Candidate Details
Ray Bennie Australian Defence Veterans Party Senate candidate
Barbara Bloch Greens candidate, Watson
Jim Casey Greens candidate, Grayndler
Senator Doug Cameron ALP Senate candidate
Arthur Chesterfield-Evans Greens candidate, North Sydney
Kudra Falla-Ricketts Greens candidate, Page
Brent Heber Greens candidate, Barton
Eliza James Greens candidate, Chifley
Adrian Jones Greens candidate, Bradfield
Kingsley Liu Greens candidate, Lindsay
James Macdonald Greens candidate, Kingsford-Smith
John Mackenzie Greens candidate, Newcastle
Jane Oakley Greens Senate candidate
Astrid O’Neill Greens candidate, McMahon
Michaela Sherwood Greens candidate, Hume
Suzan Virago Greens candidate, Blaxland

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Queensland

Candidate Name Candidate Details
Karen Anderson Greens candidate, Griffith
Ken Austin Greens candidate, Bonner
Andrew Bartlett Greens Senate candidate
Sandra Bayley Greens candidate, Ryan
Ian Bell Greens candidate, Longman
Michael Berkman Greens candidate for Dickson
Sue Etheridge Greens Candidate for Fairfax
Des Hardman ALP candidate for Forde
Sharon Howes ALP candidate for Leichhardt
Tom Hunt Greens candidate for Whitlam
Daniel Kwon Greens candidate for Fadden
Susan Lamb ALP candidate, Longman
Kirsten Lovejoy Greens candidate, Brisbane
Norm Jacobson ALP candidate for Kennedy
Kristen Lyons Greens candidate, Moreton
Senator Claire Moore ALP Senate candidate
Pat O’Neill ALP candidate, Brisbane
Graham Perrett ALP candidate, Moreton
Steven Purcell Greens candidate, Oxley
Senator Lee Rhiannon Greens Senate candidate
Des Soares Nick Xenophon Team candidate, Moreton
Senator Larissa Waters Greens Senate candidate

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South Australia

Candidate Name Candidate Details
Jane Bange Greens candidate, Boothby
Nathan Daniell Greens candidate, Mayo
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young Greens Senate candidate
Rebecca Galdies Greens candidate, Sturt
Sophie Guy Greens candidate, Adelaide
Judy Moates Greens Senate candidate
Senator Robert Simms Greens Senate candidate

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Victoria

Candidate Name Candidate Details
Zane Alcorn Socialist Alliance candidate, Wills
Jason Ball Greens candidate, Higgins
Adam Bandt MP Greens candidate,Melbourne
Alex Bhathal Greens candidate, Batman
Alex Breskin Greens candidate, Isaacs
Lalitha Chelliah Socialist Alliance Senate candidate
Senator Richard Di Natale Greens Senate candidate
Caitlan Evans Animal Justice Party candidate, Batman
Hugh McKinnon Greens candidate, Jaga Jaga
Patchouli Paterson Greens candidate, Corangamite
Samantha Ratnam Greens candidate, Wills
Senator Janet Rice Greens Senate candidate
Daniel Sova Greens candidate, Lalor
Maria Vamvakinou MP ALP candidate, Calwell

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Western Australia

Candidate Name Candidate Details
Senator Scott Ludlam Greens Senate candidate
Sarah Nielsen-Harvey Greens candidate for Swan

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Other responses from candidates

Australian Capital Territory

Gai Brodtmann MP, ALP candidate, Canberra

…Labor recognises that a lasting peace will require a future State of Palestine to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist and the State of Israel to recognise the right of Palestine to exist…Read full reply

David Smith, ALP Senate candidate

…I support moves towards a much fairer and just approach to respecting and enforcing the international rights of the Palestinian people.. Read full reply

Senator Katy Gallagher, ALP Senate candidate

…Labor supports all genuine efforts toward a negotiated settlement between the parties to the conflict, based on international frameworks, laws and norms… Read full reply

New South Wales

Milan Maksimovic, Christian Democratic Party candidate, McMahon

My goal is to help every ethnicity including Palestinians to have right for their own territory. It is up to every nation to decide if they want to live with other nations in federative or confederative bigger entity. It is their right to leave or join other countries or nations.  Read full reply

Tanya Plibersek MP, ALP candidate, Sydney

I recognise the special circumstances of the Palestinian people, their desire for respect, and the achievement of their legitimate aspiration to live in independence in a State of their own. This is a cause I am committed to. Read full reply

Shawn Arbeau – Christian Democrats candidate, Kingsford Smith

…not supporting Israel is to deny the Bible’s clear teaching that those who bless Israel will be blessed themselves (Genesis 12:3)… Read full reply

Michelle Blicavs, Liberal candidate, Cunningham

Liberal policy is a two state solution and I certainly hope peace will be achieved based on dialogue and mutual respect…. Read full reply

Chris Bowen MP – ALP candidate for McMahon

Labor supports all genuine efforts toward a negotiated settlement between the parties to the conflict, based on international frameworks, laws and norms… Read full reply

Linda Burney – ALP candidate for Barton

I was very proud when at the 2016 NSW Labor conference it was decided that if there is no progress in the next round of the peace process, a Shorten Labor Government will discuss joining like-minded nations that have already recognised Palestine…. Read full reply

Chris Hayes MP – ALP candidate for Fowler

I have attached a copy of a speech I made in the House of Representatives regarding the two-state solution. This is the full reply.

Peter Hayes, ALP candidate, North Sydney

If there is no progress in the next round of the peace process, a Shorten Labor Government will discuss joining like-minded nations who have already recognised Palestine and announce the conditions and timelines for the Australian recognition of a Palestinian State… Read full reply

Jason Falinski, Liberal candidate, Mackellar

The Middle East is a complex and ancient issue, but the Liberal Party has supported for sometime a two state solution in that troubled land.  (This is full reply)

Stephen Jones, ALP candidate, Whitlam

Labor in government will continue to recognise that settlement building by Israel in the Occupied Territories, that may undermine a two-state solution, is a roadblock to peace. Labor calls on Israel to cease all such settlement expansion to support renewed negotiations toward peace…. Read full reply

Kirralie Smith, Liberty Alliance Senate candidate

I will not make the pledge you have requested. I spent 4 weeks in Israel listening to both Israeli and Arab voices. I agree with ALA policy… Read full reply

Ken Stevens, Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party Senate candidate

Our intention is to give all of our Members the opportunity to contribute to the formation of our Party’s policies after the election, which will range across all issues including the one that deeply concerns you. Read full reply

Sonny Susilo, Christian Democrats candidate, Barton

Enjoying God’s blessings is just one of many biblical reasons for standing in solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people. (read full reply)

Beresford Thomas, Christian Democrats candidate, Wentworth

You are going against our Creator,choosing to believe the lie.Isaac is the blessed line,not Ishmael. YAWEH is always:”I AM”, & He says:”Choose you this day who you will serve” He paid our ransom @ Calvary. This is the full reply.

The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP, ALP candidate, Kingsford Smith

…The previous Labor Government abstained from a United Nations vote giving Palestine non-member observer status. The Liberal government has since reversed this stance, being one of only three nations, along with the United States and Israel to vote against a United Nations resolution that called for a lasting and comprehensive peaceful solution. Read full reply

Leighton Thew, Christian Democrats candidate, Berowa

…our stand with Israel is based on God’s inerrant and prophetic Word concerning His ancient, chosen people and the right to the land which was given to them in an everlasting Covenant.  Hence, CDP supports the State of Israel with Jerusalem as its undivided capital. Read full reply

Angelo Tsirekas, ALP candidate, Reid

I am proud to belong to a party that is committed to the cause of the aspirations of the Palestinian people, and works in both Government and Opposition to give meaningful support to these aspirations… Read full reply

Adrian Van Der Byl, Christian Democratic candidate,Hume

I am a voter in my electorate who is deeply concerned about Hamas whose constitution declares that the only solution to peace with Israel is through Jihad. (This is full reply)

Nickolas Vavaris MP, Liberal candidate, Barton

Unilateral recognition will not resolve outstanding issues or create the conditions for enduring stability – a two-state solution cannot be achieved without the direct involvement and agreement of both Israel and the Palestinians…. Read full reply

Geoffrey Winters, Liberal candidate, Sydney

An independent Palestinian state can only emerge from a negotiated two-state settlement, and it is vital that both parties commit to negotiations without preconditions…. Read full reply

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Queensland

Kris Bullen, Online Direct Democracy candidate, Fairfax

If you have a look at our website, we commit to only one policy and that is to do what our electorate tell us to. So your question really is, does our electorate support what you are proposing? Read full reply

Terri Butler, ALP candidate, Griffith

The Abbott-Turnbull Government has failed to provide clear leadership on Australia’s contribution to progressing peace between Israel and Palestine. Read full reply

Jim Chalmers MP, ALP candidate, Rankin

I endorse the resolution on Israel/Palestine carried at the 2015 ALP National Conference, which affirmed Labor’s support for a just two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Read full reply

Milton Dick, ALP candidate, Oxley

Labor in government will continue to recognise that settlement building by Israel in the Occupied Territories, that may undermine a two-state solution, is a roadblock to peace. Read full reply

Ewan Jones MP, LNP candidate, Herbert

The Government remains a committed supporter of the Palestinian people and their aspirations to statehood. Australian aid is a tangible demonstration of our support for the Palestinian people and the peace process. Read full reply

Bernard Gaynor, Australian Liberty Alliance Senate candidate

I do not support the recognition of Palestine. Read full reply

Stephen Hegedus, ALP candidate, Ryan

The Abbott-Turnbull Government has failed to provide clear leadership on Australia’s contribution to progressing peace between Israel and Palestine. Read full reply

Shayne Neumann MP, ALP candidate,  Blair

Labor supports all genuine efforts toward a negotiated settlement between the parties to the conflict, based on international frameworks, laws and norms. Read full reply

Bibe Roadley, LNP candidate, Oxley

The subject you raise is a very important but complex one that governments around the world are trying to find a resolution to, including Australia. Read full reply

Family First (general reply)

Family First unequivocally supports Israel’s right to exist and defend itself, its people, and its borders, and thus decline your invitation to make this pledge.   Sincere apologies we can’t give you the answer you desire on this occasion, and thank you for participating respectfully in our democratic process. (this is full reply)

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South Australia

Jamie Briggs MP, Liberal candidate, Mayo

The Coalition supports the right of the Palestinian and Israeli peoples to live in peace and security within internationally recognised borders. Read full reply

Kate Ellis, ALP candidate for Adelaide

Australia needs to work urgently with the international community to facilitate lasting peace and an end to this terrible conflict – including through our position on the United Nations Security Council. Read full reply

Nicolle Flint, Liberal candidate, Boothby

Unilateral recognition will not resolve outstanding issues or create the conditions for enduring stability… Read full reply

Steve Georganas MP, ALP candidate for Hindmarsh

Labor supports efforts to achieve a resolution of the conflict based on 1967 borders with agreed land swaps, a time frame to end Israeli occupation, demilitarisation of Palestinian territory, agreement on a solution to Palestinian refugee issues, and a resolution of the issue of Jerusalem’s final status… Read full reply

Senator Anne McEwan, ALP, Senate Candidate

Should I visit the region I will certainly endeavour to visit both Palestine and Israel. Read full reply

Christopher Pyne MP, Liberal candidate for Sturt

Thank you for your email about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and your continuing interest in this matter.  I note your strong resolve, like mine, to seeing this conflict resolved.Read full reply

Matt Williams MP, Liberal candidate for Hindmarsh

The Government is committed to a future where Israel and a Palestinian state exist side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally-recognised borders..Read full reply

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Tasmania

Nicky Cohen, Nick Xenophon Team, Senate Candidate

…as much as I would dearly love to see an end to occupation, and for peace to come to this exhausted region, I would not be prepared to take your pledge… Read full reply

Victoria

Hon. Kevin Andrews MP, Liberal candidate, Menzies

An independent Palestinian state can only emerge from a negotiated two-state settlement, and it is vital that both parties commit to negotiations without preconditions. Read full reply

Chris Buckingham, ALP candidate, McMillan

I note the deep concerns you have and I recognise the special circumstances of the Palestinian people, their desire for respect, and the achievement of their legitimate aspiration to live in independence in a State of their own. This is a cause I am committed to. Read full reply

Hon Anthony Byrne MP, ALP candidate, Holt

Labor supports all genuine efforts toward a negotiated settlement between the parties to the conflict, based on international frameworks, laws and norms. Read full reply

Liby Coker, ALP candidate, Corangamite

Labor in government will continue to recognise that settlement building by Israel in the Occupied Territories, that may undermine a two-state solution, is a roadblock to peace. Read full reply

Matthew Coote, ALP candidate, Goldstein

As the ALP candidate for Goldstein at the upcoming federal election I support the ALP position on Israel and Palestine….On personal level, I am proud that ALP support for the State of Israel has been long-standing and constant… Read full reply

Meredith Doig, Sex Party, Senate candidate

I would like Australia to see a resolution to the Israel / Palestine conflict as a critical international responsibility…. I would do whatever I could to see the United Nations commit to an irrevocable time frame in 2017 for a conclusion to this current unacceptable situation. Read full reply

Mark Dreyfus QC, MP, ALP candidate, Isaacs

I believe in hearing different views and perspectives, particularly in a conflict as complex as that between Israel and the Palestinians, and to this end I met with representatives of both the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority on my trip to the region last year. I expect to do so in future trips as well. Read full reply

Josh Frydenberg MP, Liberal candidate, Kooyong

Unilateral recognition will not resolve outstanding issues or create the conditions for enduring stability – a two-state solution cannot be achieved without the direct involvement and agreement of both Israel and the Palestinians. Read full reply

Sophie Ismail, ALP candidate, Melbourne

Labor supports efforts to achieve a resolution of the conflict based on 1967 borders with agreed land swaps, a time frame to end Israeli occupation, demilitarisation of Palestinian territory, agreement on a solution to Palestinian refugee issues, and a resolution of the issue of Jerusalem’s final status Read full reply

Peter Khalil, ALP candidate for Wills

…my family have been committed to Palestinian self determination for generations…I will continue to advocate for a secular democratic Palestinian state in an enduring and peaceful two-state solution. Read full reply

Jenny Macklin MP, ALP candidate, Jagajaga

Labor recognises that a lasting peace will require a future State of Palestine to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist and the State of Israel to recognise the right of Palestine to exist… Read full reply

Peta Murphy, ALP candidate, Dunkley

If there is no progress in the next round of the peace process, a Shorten Labor Government will discuss joining like-minded nations who have already recognised Palestine and announce the conditions and timelines for the Australian recognition of a Palestinian State with the objective of contributing to peace and security in the Middle East.. Read full reply

Breandan O’Connor, ALP candidate, Gorton

Labor supports all genuine efforts toward a negotiated settlement between the parties to the conflict, based on international frameworks, laws and norms… Read full reply

Bill Shorten MP, ALP candidate, Maribyrnong

Labor in government will continue to recognise that settlement building by Israel in the Occupied Territories, that may undermine a two-state solution, is a roadblock to peace. Labor calls on Israel to cease all such settlement expansion to support renewed negotiations toward peace. Read full reply

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Western Australia

Craig Buchanan, Liberal candidate, Brand

I favour a two state solution, but that can only be a possibility when each sides recognises and respects the existence of the other. Israel has taken the first steps, with the establishment of the Palestinian Authority. It is now the turn of Palestine to act. Read full reply

Marion Hancock, Liberty Alliance Senate candidate

I stand with Israel. This is the full reply.

Madeleine King, ALP candidate, Brand

Labor in government will continue to recognise that settlement building by Israel in the Occupied Territories, that may undermine a two-state solution, is a roadblock to peace. Labor calls on Israel to cease all such settlement expansion to support renewed negotiations toward peace.. Read full reply

Senator Sue Lines, ALP Senate candidate

As a WA Labor Senator…I have spoken out strongly in support of Palestinian people and a Palestine State. Prior to entering the senate in 2013, I have participated in many rallies as a supporter. In 2000 I visited Palestine and saw first hand the encroachment of the settlements and the way Palestinians are prevented from getting on with their normal lives. Read full reply

Debbie Robinson, Liberty Alliance, Senate Candidate

First of all ‘Palestinians’ do not suffer under any hand other than their own leaders. Read full reply

Luke Simpkins MP, Liberal candidate, Cowan

My position in the Israel/Palestine situation is simple: I support the right of both the Palestinian and Israeli people to live in peace and security within their own internationally recognised borders. Read full reply

Tammy Solonec, ALP candidate, Swan

I note the deep concerns you have and I recognise the special circumstances of the Palestinian people, their desire for respect, and the achievement of their legitimate aspiration to live in independence in a State of their own. This is a cause I am committed to. Read full reply

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