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 Jordon Steele-John – condemned the recent violent rampage by settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank

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March 7, 2023

A state that denies rights to millions of people and systemically discriminates against a fifth of its citizens cannot be considered a true democracy. The Israeli military is standing idly by while hundreds of settlers go on a rampage, freely killing and injuring Palestinians, burning down their homes and destroying their property. Full speech Senator […]

Andrew Wallace MP – spoke in support for the IHRA working definition of antisemitism and stressed Australia’s duty to defend Israel

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March 6, 2023

We also have a duty to defend the state of Israel, the world’s only Jewish state and our friend and ally. The people of Australia and Israel have a long and enduring relationship which was forged in moments throughout the Second World War… We are democratic partners and egalitarian people, and we owe much of […]

Steve Georganas MP – spoke out against the rise in antisemitism in Australia and the stressed the importance of education

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March 6, 2023

What can we do? As a government and a parliament we can take every opportunity to raise this, as we’re doing today, and have good legislation that prevents it. We can also work together with other parliaments, international groups, international bodies and organisations—for example, Australia became a member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the […]

Matt Burnell MP – spoke in favour of the motion moved by Josh Burns MP on the IHRA working definition of antisemitism

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March 6, 2023

Antisemitism has existed throughout the centuries in varying forms, though with many common similarities and themes. Antisemitism is something that exists right here in Australia, and its prevalence is increasing in a number of ways. Full speech Mr BURNELL (Spence) (17:26): I rise to speak in favour of the motion moved by my good friend […]

Julian Leeser MP – spoke in support of the adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism by the government and by Australian universities

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March 6, 2023

There should be no place for antisemitism on Australian campuses. It’s time for Australian universities to live their values again. That’s why we need all universities to follow the lead of Melbourne university and adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism, call out antisemitism where it occurs, take action against it and send it back to […]

Allegra Spender MP – seconded the motion moved by Josh Burns MP on the IHRA working definition of antisemitism

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March 6, 2023

However, the IHRA definition explicitly notes that any criticism against Israel that is similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be described as antisemitic. So if Israel is seen and judged on the same conditions as other countries, then it cannot be described as antisemitic. Full speech Ms SPENDER (Wentworth) (17:31): I’d like […]

Josh Burns MP – moved a motion calling on parliament to “reaffirm its commitment to the IHRA working definition of antisemitism”

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March 6, 2023

Being critical of Israel is not antisemitic, nor does this definition shut down debate or limit freedom of speech. It simply creates a framework about how to engage in free and robust debate without descending into bigotry. There are more working examples that people can and should read, and then you can make up your […]

Maria Vamvakinou MP – spoke of a recent parliamentary event that stood in solidarity with the Palestinian people

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November 30, 2022

There is strong support in solidarity with the Palestinian people, regionally and internationally and in significant communities right across Australia. In line with the commitment of the United Nations to this issue, the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to a state, must be recognised and realised. Full speech Ms VAMVAKINOU (Calwell) […]

Senator Mehreen Faruqi – speech commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and highlighting their ongoing oppression

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November 29, 2022

With all this violence, death and injustice there is still no action from the Australian government. What is happening in Palestine is this: Israel is committing the crime of apartheid… The Australian government must loudly call out every injustice committed and firmly resist Israel’s attempts to whitewash its crimes. Full speech Senator FARUQI (New South […]

Tony Zappia MP – spoke of the UN special rapporteur’s recent report on the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories

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November 29, 2022

Despite 139 countries now recognising the state of Palestine, after decades of negotiations and conflict, the Israeli-Palestinian issue remains unresolved. Eight million Palestinian people continue to live in Israel-occupied territory and refugee camps in neighbouring Arab states. Simultaneously, the Palestinian people face everyday struggles for survival, the loss of land, human rights violations and oppression. […]

Graham Perrett MP – speech commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people

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November 29, 2022

Our nation voted in favour of the resolution on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. We did this because Australia supports the resolution’s reaffirmation of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and recognises the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for a future state. Full speech Mr PERRETT (Moreton) (13:31): Today […]

Senator Anne Urquhart – speech honouring Shireen Abu Akleh and all those killed by Israeli forces

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November 29, 2022

Today is the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People. This day exists to call on the international community not just to speak but to act. We must recognise the rights of Palestinians as equal to those of Israelis: to have self-determination, to have security and to live equally amongst the world’s nations. […]

Alicia Payne MP – speech commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people

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November 29, 2022

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza has now lasted over 15 years. We should celebrate the people delivering assistance. We must not forget the plight of the Palestinian people. Full speech Ms PAYNE (Canberra) (13:50): Today is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. To this day Palestinians make up 21 per cent of […]

Senator Fatima Payman – spoke on the treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military courts including the imprisonment of Shadi Khoury

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November 28, 2022

Israel is the only country in the world that systemically prosecutes children in military courts that lack fundamental fair-trial rights and protections. Between 500 and 700 Palestinian children face military courts each year. These courts have a 99 per cent conviction rate for Palestinians. Full speech Senator PAYMAN (Western Australia) (13:43): International Day of Solidarity […]

Senator David Shoebridge – spoke on the rise of the far right in Israel and what this would mean for the Palestinians

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November 23, 2022

For decades now, Australia has been telling Palestinians to negotiate with Israel and to be a partner for peace. Let’s take a moment to reflect on who the Palestinians have been asked to negotiate with now. Israel has just elected its most far-right government in history, and that’s saying something. Full speech Senator SHOEBRIDGE (New […]

Max Chandler-Mather MP – spoke of the UN special rapporteur’s recent report on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories

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November 22, 2022

In her report, the special rapporteur says that we cannot ignore the fact that the Israeli state has been an intentionally acquisitive, segregationist and repressive regime which has for 55 years enabled the disenfranchisement of the Palestinians. She notes these policies pursue the ultimate goal of consolidating minority rule over a native majority on lands […]

Tony Zappia MP – speech honouring Melissa Parke who was awarded the 2022 Jerusalem Peace Prize

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November 10, 2022

The award recognises the long-standing contribution that Melissa has made in seeking justice and fairness for the Palestinian people. In doing so, Melissa has been the subject of ongoing personal attacks in the media and in political commentary, but she has never wavered from her convictions. Full speech Mr ZAPPIA (Makin) (13:37): Last Saturday, 4 […]

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 […]




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