The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Labor member for Sydney

Party positions on the Question of Palestine
September 2013 Federal Election, Sydney electorate, New South Wales

The Rudd Labor Government strongly supports a negotiated two-state solution that allows a secure Israel to live side by side with an independent future Palestinian state.  We welcome the fact that both sides have returned to direct negotiations.

Labor has consistently called on both sides to refrain from action that undermines prospects for negotiations and considers a negotiated two-state solution is the only way to realise a Palestinian state.

Labor has also repeatedly called on Israel to stop settlement activity, noting that its settlements are illegal under international law, including amounting to a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and that settlement activity undermines the prospects for peace.

Furthermore, Australia’s aid program will provide $300 million in assistance to the Palestinian people over five years (2011-2016), including $120 million in direct budget support to the Palestinian Authority.

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about this important issue.

Best wishes,
Tanya.