Palestine in Australian Politics

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Chris Hayes MP – spoke about the ongoing ordeal of Mohammed El Halabi

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March 16, 2021

There are serious ongoing concerns about Mr El Halabi’s welfare, given his restricted medical care and limited visitation rights. There have also been a number of significant restrictions placed on his legal team. Despite 156 court appearances, still no evidence has been presented to substantiate the charges that have been made against him. Investigations conducted […]

Senator Anne Urquhart – condemned Israel for failing to provide Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank with access to COVID-19 vaccinations

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March 16, 2021

There are around six million Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank—six million people who face the continued tyranny and death from a pandemic, and many of them live or work literally metres from vaccinated Israeli citizens. They should not have to wait. I’ve said many times in this place, and I’ll say it […]

Senator Susan Lines – criticised Senator Scarr’s attempts to defame former MP Melissa Parke

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February 18, 2021

“This is not the first time Melissa has been attacked for highlighting human rights abuses experienced by the Palestinian people. Indeed, Senator Scarr quoted a disgraceful column penned by Herald Sun journalist James Campbell. Facing potential defamation proceedings, rather than assert the truth of their defamatory imputations, on 26 March 2020, the Herald apologised to […]

Senator Mehreen Faruqi – spoke on the human rights injustices committed against oppressed people around the world

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February 17, 2021

The Australian government has proven time and again that it is highly unwilling to oppose or be critical of Israel. Australia was one of only a tiny number of countries last year to oppose United Nations resolutions on Palestinian self-determination, illegal Israeli settlements and the proposed annexation of part of the West Bank. Make no […]

Senator Anne Urquhart – spoke out against Senator Scarr’s false accusations directed at former MP Melissa Parke

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February 16, 2021

We must engage with what is occurring here. The senator is using parliamentary privilege to defame Melissa Parke. He’s using parliamentary privilege in an effort to silence criticism of the Israeli government for the human rights abuses it has perpetuated and continues to perpetuate against Palestinian citizens. Full speech Senator URQUHART (Tasmania—Opposition Whip in the […]

Senator Janet Rice – spoke about the recent ICC ruling that determined the Court has jurisdiction in Palestine

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February 16, 2021

Disgracefully, Australia was one of only seven countries that argued that the International Criminal Court should not have jurisdiction, because Australia does not recognise Palestine as a state. The Australian government’s position is a disgrace and deeply disappointing for Australians who support accountability for crimes, including alleged crimes, no matter who commits them or where […]

Senator Paul Scarr – speech accusing the far right and far left of anti-Semitism

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February 3, 2021

So it greatly concerns me that in this place there are those who seek to make short-term political issues out of these matters. We must unite as a community, as a country, against vile extremism, whether it’s from the Left or the Right. This should not be a political matter in this chamber. Full speech […]

Senator Mehreen Faruqi – spoke out against Australian war crimes in Afghanistan and condemned militarism and nationalism

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December 8, 2020

We shouldn’t just oppose war crimes, though; we should reject the militarism and the nationalism that encourages them. World over, we see the horrifying human cost when unfettered militarism and nationalism fuel and permit state violence. In Palestine, the occupying forces have committed untold human rights abuses with impunity and the support of those who […]

Ged Kearney MP – called on the international community to pressure Israel to release Mohammad El Halabi

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December 7, 2020

It has now been more than four years since his arrest, with the Israeli prosecutors yet to prove the allegations made against him or order his release. According to reports, Mr El Halabi has been subjected to physical and psychological torture, has restricted medical care and limited visitation rights, and has been forced to attend […]

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

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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 […]

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

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December 3, 2020

Australia needs to make clear to the Israeli government that increasing settlement-building and the threat of annexation, not to mention the regular demolition of Palestinian homes, are massive obstacles to achieving peace. We urge the government to finally recognise a Palestinian state, as so many other countries have done. Full speech Senator RICE (Victoria—Deputy Australian […]

Senator Eric Abetz – moving a motion marking the death of former Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin and commemorating Rabin’s commitment to peace

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December 3, 2020

That the Senate – (b) affirms Australia’s ongoing commitment to Yitzhak Rabin’s vision of a peaceful and enduring two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, mutually negotiated and agreed by the Israelis and the Palestinians. Full motion Senator ABETZ (Tasmania) (12:00): Before moving general business notice of motion No. 898 can I recognise the presence […]

Senator Janet Rice – speech on various human rights abuses around the world

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November 12, 2020

While the world’s attention was focused on the US election, Israeli authorities demolished most of a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, displacing 73 Palestinians, including 41 children, in the largest such demolition in years. The UN estimates that 689 structures have been demolished across the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2020, leaving […]

Josh Wilson MP – speech calling for the protection and improvement of freedom of speech in parliament

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November 12, 2020

I reflect that in 2019 the members for Pearce and Aston—oddly enough—called for my resignation from parliament for having the temerity to observe that checkpoints in Israel could be gravely dangerous for Palestinians. Full speech Mr JOSH WILSON (Fremantle) (13:48): The partisan expulsion of Hugh Mahon from the Australian parliament 100 years ago was a […]

Mark Dreyfus MP – speech praising former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin on the 25th anniversary of his death

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November 9, 2020

In today’s world in particular, Rabin’s legacy of leadership is clear: during his time as the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, Rabin provided a compelling example of what national leadership looks like when the role is embraced by a person of courage, integrity and a commitment to facing the unvarnished truth of the […]

Josh Burns MP – spoke in support of Sharma’s motion praising the legacy of former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin on the 25th anniversary of his assassination

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November 9, 2020

Elected leader of the opposition in 1992, Rabin took a big gamble. He ran on a platform of making peace with Israel’s enemies and he won, becoming Prime Minister and serving for over three years until his tragic death. In that time, he signed the landmark Oslo Accords with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, a road […]

Julian Leeser MP – seconded Sharma’s motion praising the legacy of former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin on the 25th anniversary of his assassination

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November 9, 2020

Rabin knew war and never shirked from the responsibilities of defending his state or its people, but he also understood that to realise the full potential for the benefit of humanity Israel could not live in a perpetual state of war and existential crisis. He showed courage in seeking to find peace no matter how […]

Dave Sharma MP – moved motion praising the legacy of former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin on the 25th anniversary of his assassination

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November 9, 2020

He [Rabin] recognised that any Palestinian entity would be an entity that was less than a state or demilitarised. Rabin cared very much about preserving a Jewish democratic homeland in Israel. This is what motivated him throughout his career. He worried about a bi-national reality—a reality of Israel ruling over the lives of another people […]

Senator Kimberley Kitching – Estimates question about peace agreements between Israel and Middle Eastern states

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October 28, 2020

Questioned the impact of peace agreements between Israel and various Middle Eastern states on security and stability in the region. The question is: what’s the department’s assessment of the impact of these normalisation-of-relations agreements on regional security and stability? Whole interaction with Dr Angela Macdonald (First Assistant Secretary, Global Counter-Terrorism, Middle East and Africa Division, […]

Senator Eric Abetz – Estimates question about Trump’s peace deals and aid to Palestinian Territories

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October 28, 2020

Questioned Australia’s response to the agreements negotiated by the Trump administration between Israel and other Middle Eastern states, and the reduction in Australian aid funding to UNRWA and other organisations in the Palestinian Territories. I am just wondering, to get into the issue of Israel, how many in the department predicted the success of President […]




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