Senator Sue Lines, ALP Senate candidate

I note your recent email to me regarding Palestine.

I was very surprised to receive this email asking me to pledge my support to Palestine and the Palestinian people. As a WA Labor Senator, elected in May 2013, I have spoken, as a Labor representative, at many WA rallies in support of Palestine. I have spoken out strongly in support of Palestinian people and a Palestine State.

Prior to entering the senate in 2013, I have participated in many rallies as a supporter. In 2000 I visited Palestine and saw first hand the encroachment of the settlements and the way Palestinians are prevented from getting on with their normal lives.

In the lead up to last year’s ALP conference I worked to ensure that we as a party developed a strong policy on the rights and aspirations of Palestinians.

I acknowledge the deep concerns you have and I recognise the special circumstances of the Palestinian people, their desire for respect, and the achievement of their legitimate aspiration to live in independence in a State of their own. This is a cause I am committed to.

The problem with automatic emails about issues is they target everyone and don’t distinguish between supporters and others

The Abbott-Turnbull Government has failed to provide clear leadership on Australia’s contribution to progressing peace between Israel and Palestine.

If there is no progress in the next round of the peace process, a Shorten Labor Government will discuss joining like-minded nations who have already recognised Palestine and announce the conditions and timelines for the Australian recognition of a Palestinian State with the objective of contributing to peace and security in the Middle East.

Along with many Labor politicians I will continue to be a strong voice for Palestine.

Regards
Senator Sue Lines
Labor Senator

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