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.

Michelle Ananda-Rajah MP – spoke about the the need to confront anti-Semitism through the teaching of the IHRA definition and opposed describing Israel as committing apartheid

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November 10, 2022

The teaching of the IHRA definition of antisemitism in our workplaces, schools, universities and sporting clubs is a good place to start. Education also demands an understanding of apartheid. I grew up in Zambia when apartheid was in full swing. Even as a child, I knew full well what it meant for millions of people […]

Andrew Wilkie MP – called on the Australian government to recognise Palestine and for Israel to be held accountable in international courts

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November 10, 2022

It’s time for Australia and the world to scale-up our response to this horrific situation. I do commend the government’s reset on Jerusalem, but now we must also recognise Palestine, call for Israeli accountability in international courts and compel Israel to allow Palestinians to have the most basic of rights: self-determination. Full speech Mr WILKIE […]

Maria Vamvakinou MP – speech honouring Melissa Parke on receiving the Jerusalem Peace Prize

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November 8, 2022

I want to congratulate Melissa on receiving this very important award. Melissa is a highly principled person who believes that in the world’s most difficult areas of conflict we need witnesses and advocates to defend truth and the values which protect and uphold international and human rights law. Full speech Ms VAMVAKINOU (Calwell) (13:34): Last […]

Allegra Spender MP – spoke in support of the motion moved by Julian Leeser MP to reverse the Labor government’s recent decision to no longer recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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November 7, 2022

But, whilst the former government’s decision was cynically timed, I do believe it is right for Australia to recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. West Jerusalem has been part of Israel since 1948, when the country was established. It has never been contested in any peace negotiations. Its status has never been on […]

Mike Freelander MP – in response to the motion moved by Julian Leeser MP on the status of Jerusalem, voiced support for Labor’s decision to rescind Australia’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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November 7, 2022

I fully support the Labor government and the Minister for Foreign Affairs in their decision to rescind the Morrison government’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and decision to move the embassy there. It was insulting to our Arab colleagues, it reduced the chances of there being a two-state solution, it implied a less than […]

Alex Hawke MP – spoke in support of the motion moved by Julian Leeser MP regarding Australia’s position on the status of Jerusalem

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November 7, 2022

Our relationship with Israel and the Jewish people is so strong, so well rounded and so developed. We should not compromise that because Labor has some people within it who want to change the course of Australian history. Full speech Mr HAWKE (Mitchell) (12:31): I rise to support this motion from my colleague the member […]

Tony Zappia MP – opposed the motion moved by Julian Leeser MP regarding Australia’s position on the status of Jerusalem

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November 7, 2022

It seems to me that, if you go through the decades, one government after the other in this country—in particular Liberal or coalition governments—have consistently accepted that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel and that that’s where our embassy should be. It was only the cynical attempt by the Morrison government that sought to […]

Paul Fletcher MP – spoke in support of the motion moved by Julian Leeser MP regarding Australia’s position on the status of Jerusalem

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November 7, 2022

The decision that the current government made recently was badly executed. It was fundamentally wrong. The coalition has no hesitation in calling on the government to reverse it. Full speech Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Manager of Opposition Business) (12:20): I am very pleased to rise to strongly support this motion calling on the government to reverse its […]

Susan Templeman MP – opposed the motion moved by Julian Leeser MP to reverse the Labor government’s recent decision to no longer recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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November 7, 2022

The Morrison government policy change caused conflict and distress, all for an attempt at short-term political game playing domestically. The status of Jerusalem, including West Jerusalem, is a final status issue that should be resolved as part of any peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian people. Full speech Ms TEMPLEMAN (Macquarie) (12:15): I welcome […]

Julian Leeser MP – moved a motion to reverse the Labor government’s recent decision to no longer recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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November 7, 2022

It’s time for the Albanese government to reverse their decision. If they don’t, then the next coalition government will. Australia should not be making foreign policy in such a chaotic way, particularly when that policy alienates longstanding allies like Israel. Full motion and speech Mr LEESER (Berowra) (12:10): I move: That this House: (1) notes […]

Senator Andrew Bragg – supported Senator Birmingham’s motion regarding Jerusalem and stood by Israel’s right to decide on its own capital city

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October 25, 2022

The second fact here is that it isn’t our role to choose the capital of another nation. I can’t think of any other example where Australia would seek to impose its selection of a capital city on another country or jurisdiction, so I think it important that we stay in our lane on this issue. […]

Senator Mehreen Faruqi – responding to Senator Birmingham’s motion regarding Jerusalem, welcomed Labor’s decision to no longer recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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October 25, 2022

Australia must act to ensure an end to the Israeli occupation and violence. Australia must uphold international law and Palestinian human rights. Australia must acknowledge and call out what has been investigated and now reported by Amnesty International, amongst others—that Israel imposes a system that amounts to apartheid. Full speech Senator FARUQI (New South Wales) […]

Senator Malcolm Roberts – speaking in response to Senator Birmingham’s motion regarding Jerusalem, supported the right of Israel to decide on Jerusalem as its capital

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October 25, 2022

One Nation considers it the responsibility of the Israeli government to decide the location of Israel’s capital city, not the Australian government. Israel selected Jerusalem. One Nation approved the former government’s recognition of this fact and the decision to relocate Australia’s embassy there. Full speech Senator ROBERTS (Queensland) (16:25): One Nation considers it the responsibility […]

Senator Deborah O’Neill – speaking in response to Senator Birmingham’s motion regarding Jerusalem, stood by Labor’s decision on reversing Australia’s position on the status of Jerusalem

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October 25, 2022

Last Monday’s announcement returned Australia to the international mainstream on the Israel-Palestine conflict. I look forward to the day when that conflict is resolved, and I hope both peoples are able to reach a just and fair resolution as soon as possible. Full speech Senator O’NEILL (New South Wales) (16:20): I rise today on the […]

Senator David Fawcett – responding to Senator Birmingham’s motion regarding Jerusalem, highlighted how Labor’s recent decision on the status of Jerusalem undermined Israel’s trust in Australia

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October 25, 2022

Having worked in the foreign affairs, defence and trade area of this parliament for most of my time here, I’m acutely aware of how our statements and actions can influence the attitudes and the trust of parties that we seek to treat as friends and allies and can also give succour and encouragement to those […]

Senator Jordon Steele-John – speaking in response to Senator Birmingham’s motion regarding Jerusalem, welcomed Labor’s decision to no longer recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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October 25, 2022

Following the decision to not recognise West Jerusalem as the capital, we are calling on the federal government to do the following: to recognise the self-determination and statehood of Palestinians and push to ensure an end to the Israeli occupation; to halt military cooperation and military trade with the State of Israel; and to work […]

Senator Tim Ayres – opposed Senator Birmingham’s motion regarding Jerusalem and stood by the Labour government’s decision to reverse recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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October 25, 2022

The decision by the Morrison government to recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel broke with a position that had been held by every Australian government since 1948. If ever there was a moment for careful consideration, it was then. There was nothing hasty, careless or surprising about Senator Wong’s announcement last week. Full […]

Senator Simon Birmingham – moved a motion condemning the “careless manner” in which the Labor government reversed recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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October 25, 2022

In the context of the government’s decision to reverse the recognition of West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Mr Albanese and the Labor Party showed neither courage nor integrity. In fact, it was quite the opposite: Labor’s completely unnecessary decision that Australia will cease to recognise West Jerusalem as the Israeli capital has been […]

Peter Khalil MP – criticised former PM Scott Morrison for reversing Australia’s longstanding bipartisan policy on the status of Jerusalem for his own personal political interests

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October 25, 2022

He decided, ‘Oh, I’ll exploit the sensitivity of this issue for a short-term political purpose,’ when he decided to drop in the media during the by-election for Wentworth that he was going to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and he was trying to do this, of course, so that he could win […]

Keith Wolahan MP – criticised the Labor government of how it handled announcing Australia’s reversal of recognising West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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October 25, 2022

I’m not going to stand here and say, ‘I have the answers on the status of Israel’s capital,’ but I think the point that a sovereign nation can decide its capital is a seductive one. It makes sense; it just does. Was the timing of the announcement, on a by-election, a good thing? Probably not. […]




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