Palestine in Australian Politics

APAN has been documenting references to Palestine and Israel in the Australian parliament since 2011.  Speeches are listed chronologically, and can be searched by parliamentarian, party, date, or format.

Senator Kimberley Kitching – Estimates question about normalisation and the Abraham Accords

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February 16, 2022

Questioned DFAT’s view on the normalisation agreements between Israel and other countries in the Middle East. Could I just ask the department for their views on the Abraham Accords and the normalisation of agreements that Israel has entered into with Bahrain, the UAE and—I’ve forgotten the third one. There was potentially an agreement to be […]

Senator Janet Rice – Estimates question about strengthening trade with Israel

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February 16, 2022

Questioned the status of DFAT’s feasibility study on strengthening trade with Israel. Given the clear recommendations relating to trade and investment with the state of Israel provided by the UN Security Council, the UN Human Rights Council and international NGOs such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, has DFAT sought any external legal advice […]

Senator Eric Abetz – Estimates question about UN Human Rights Council Agenda Item 7 and IHRA definition of antisemitism

February 16, 2022

Questioned whether there were any updates on removing Agenda Item 7 from the UN Human Rights Council and how many countries have adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Can we have an update as to whether there’s any movement or likely movement to get rid of that very offensive agenda item against Israel? I note […]

Senator Janet Rice – Estimates question about Israeli classification of Palestinian NGOs as terrorist organisations and Amnesty International’s apartheid report

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February 16, 2022

Questioned Australia’s response to the Israeli’s government’s classification of Palestinian human rights organisations as terrorist organisations and requested clarification on any concerns Australia holds about Amnesty International’s report on Israeli apartheid. I want to start first of all with the Israeli government’s unlawful designation of six Palestinian civil society human rights organisations as terrorist organisations. […]

Senator David Fawcett – Estimates question report about Amnesty International’s report on Israeli apartheid

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February 16, 2022

Questioned DFAT’s perspective on Amnesty International’s report on Israeli apartheid and how Australia is working with Israel to address international concerns related to this. Whole interaction with Mr Marc Innes-Brown PSM (First Assistant Secretary, Middle East and Africa Division, DFAT), Senator Marise Payne (Minister for Foreign Affairs), Senator Eric Abetz and Senator David Van during […]

Ged Kearney MP – spoke of the ongoing ordeal of Mohammed El Halabi

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December 1, 2021

Last week, there was a Australian parliamentary briefing about the case. It was addressed by Amnesty and Human Rights Watch, both of whom are deeply concerned that Mr El Halabi has been tortured in custody and that the basic elements of a fair trial have not been met, including the presumption of innocence and access […]

Senator Mehreen Faruqi – condemned the silencing of Palestinian human rights concerns in parliament and highlighted the ordeal of Mohammed El Halabi

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December 1, 2021

Israeli authorities continue to persecute and oppress Palestinian people. Settlement and occupation continues. Violence continues. The Gaza blockade continues. Homes continue to be demolished. Palestinians are routinely subjected to dispossession, violence, forcible separation, persecution and humiliation. Yet as soon as you raise these injustices you are hounded and condemned. Shamefully and shamelessly they try to […]

Adam Bandt MP – marking the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and noting the case of Mohammed El Halabi

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November 30, 2021

Australia should recognise Palestine and advocate meaningfully for an end to the occupation, including ceasing the expansion of settlements and ending the Gaza blockade so that Palestinians and Israelis can live in a just and lasting peace. Full speech Mr BANDT (Melbourne—Leader of the Australian Greens) (18:14): Every second day the Prime Minister comes into […]

Senator Anne Urquhart – spoke of the ongoing ordeal of Mohammed El Halabi and condemned the unfair nature of Israel’s court system

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November 30, 2021

It was nearly six years ago when his case made headlines, when this man was accused of funnelling Australian aid money to Hamas. However, despite a DFAT investigation, independent World Vision investigations by Deloitte and over 165 Israeli court hearings, no credible evidence has been presented to back up these allegations. Full speech Senator URQUHART […]

Tony Zappia MP – spoke of the ongoing ordeal of Mohammed El Halabi and called for his release

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November 25, 2021

I call on the Australian government to stand up for human rights and to call on the Israeli government to release Mohammad El Halabi or, at the very least, ensure that he has a fair, transparent and early trial. Full speech Mr ZAPPIA (Makin) (13:32): I draw the House’s attention, and in particular the government’s […]

Andrew Laming MP – spoke in favour of promoting economic development in the Palestinian territories

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November 22, 2021

The destabilisation we’re seeing at the moment, the high friction created in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, breakdowns in ceasefires—all of that is ultimately being spawned by political obsession in the absence of any economic development. Both parties need to be focusing on that or having a second track that explicitly looks at economic development […]

Andrew Giles MP – spoke in support of Hayes’ motion recognising the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

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November 22, 2021

That we are demonstrating this sense of solidarity matters to me, and it matters to the people I represent in this place—Palestinian Australians and many others in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, from a very diverse range of backgrounds, who want to see peace, justice and an enduring two-state solution and who too often despair at the […]

Ken O’Dowd MP – spoke in support of Hayes’ motion recognising the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

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November 22, 2021

The Palestinian people should have equal rights. That’s not asking too much. I’ve never met a Palestinian who doesn’t want to be on equal terms. The days of conflict between Israel and Palestine have disappeared. Now all they’re seeking is peace in that land. They should have their basic rights returned to them. At the […]

Alicia Payne MP – spoke in support of Hayes’ motion recognising the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

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November 22, 2021

In the West Bank, Palestinian families and communities have lived under Israeli military occupation for over 50 years. All aspects of their lives are controlled by Israel. Movement is restricted, building permits are denied; access to land and water, and trade with other countries, is severely limited. People living in the West Bank should have […]

Mark Coulton MP – spoke in support of Hayes’ motion recognising the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

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November 22, 2021

The policy of the Australian people and our government is to look to a two-state solution. I think that we’re beyond that. I think we have a level of apartheid, with a suppressed people, and the West Bank has been cut up to such an extent that I don’t know how that would work. Full […]

Maria Vamvakinou MP – spoke in support of Hayes’ motion recognising the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

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November 22, 2021

This day of solidarity with the Palestinian people is important. It not only affirms the principles of justice and international law; it also serves to hold a mirror to the world and to the institutions of the United Nations. It is a day which holds member states to account on progress towards their commitments to […]

Senator Eric Abetz – Estimates question about investigations into allegations against Mohammed El Halabi

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October 28, 2021

Questioned the details of the inquiry undertaken by World Vision into allegations that Mohammed El Halabi diverted aid funds to Hamas. If I can move to Mr El Halabi, whom Senator Wong was asking about. In relation to the inquiry undertaken by World Vision, do we know the organisation that undertook that inquiry for World […]

Senator Penny Wong – Estimates question about the detention and trial of Mohammed El Halabi

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October 28, 2021

Questioned the ongoing detention and trial of Mohammed El Halabi and whether Australia’s findings that no World Vision funds had been diverted to Hamas were communicated to the Israeli government. I did want an update on Mohammed El Halabi. This is the World Vision employee who was detained by the Israeli government in 2016. There […]

Senator Janet Rice – Estimates question about Palestinian human rights organisations and settlement expansion

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October 28, 2021

Questioned Australia’s position on Israel’s designation of six West Bank human rights organisations as terrorist organisations and Israel’s continued settlement expansion. UN human rights experts today said when this news broke: “This designation is a frontal attack on the Palestinian human rights movement, and on human rights everywhere.” The human rights experts called upon the international […]

Senator Anne Urquhart – Estimates question about appointment of Vic Alhadeff to SBS Board

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October 26, 2021

Questioned the process that saw Vic Alhadeff appointed to the SBS Board and whether his position as an advocate for Israel might compromise SBS’s perceived impartiality. Given that Mr Alhadeff has been, throughout his career, a prominent advocate for Israel, was there consideration that his appointment might compromise the SBS’s perceived impartiality with regard to […]




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