Palestine in Australian politics 2018

Collection of statements on Palestine and Israel from the Hansard record of the Australian Federal Parliament.

31 May, 2018, Senate Estimates, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee, FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PORTFOLIO, DFAT.   Senators Di Natale, Moore, Rhiannon, Leyonhjelm, Abetz, Kitching (see link) Asked questions regarding Australia’s engagement with:

  • UN Human Rights Committee decision to investigate after killings in Gaza
  • Australia’s position and future engagement with the US Embassy in Jerusalem
  • Australian aid to Palestinians
  • Australia’s language on the Smart Traveler website about Palestine

Maria Vamvakinou MP24 May, 2018, House of Representatives, Maria Vamvakinou MP (Labor, VIC), speech honoring Al Nakba and Recognition of Palestine
One hundred and thirty-eight countries have already recognised the State of Palestine, and it’s surely now time for Australia to do the same. It’s time to put into place our long-held policy of a two-state solution. It’s important to do so because it’s the right and decent thing to do. This issue is a moral imperative for all who believe in the sanctity of human rights, rule of law and democracy. Now is the time to realise that the window of opportunity for a two-state solution is rapidly closing, and we are running out of time for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state.

Templeman_Susan.jpg24 May, 2018, House of Representatives, Susan Templmean MP (Labor, NSW), speech about Palestine and Gaza
My visit showed me that the expansion of the Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in the Old City of Jerusalem is a serious matter. The demolition of Palestinian homes built without permits, because permits can’t be issued, is a catch 22. The treatment of Bedouins, who have been relocated from their land to unproductive tracts of land, is just awful. The fact that Bedouin community schools and sanitation, funded by the European aid that comes in, are demolished is an outrage.

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Roger Waters on Palestine

We were honored that Roger Waters took an evening out of his epic Us and Them tour to speak in Melbourne about Palestine.  Watch and share! (highlights below, click here for video of whole event)

Media Release 21 August 2016: ABC distorts facts to placate Israel lobby

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network notes with dismay that the ABC has declared that its description of Gaza as occupied was “not correct” and has removed the reference from its website.

“Australians have a right to expect that the public broadcaster will report the facts about Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in an accurate and unbiased manner,” said APAN President George Browning. “The ABC’s misrepresentation of Gaza’s status to placate the Israel lobby is a breach of its contract with the Australian public.” Continue reading

Bishop Browning starts a blog

The APAN President, Bishop Browning has just started his own blog, “in service of the common good”.

His first blog post challenges why supporters of BDS are not anti-Semitic “There are several reasons why this name calling is wrong and in its own way a continuation of abuse from the powerful towards the victims of that power” he writes – read more on his blog.

Adelaide opens Palestine Centre

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The Adelaide based Australian Friends of Palestine Association have opened a new Palestine Center for Peace with both resources and wonderful fair trade Palestinian Products for sale.

The Centre is located at 60 Frome Street in Adelaide.

Contact them at 08 8232 5273 or email store@palestinecenterforpeace.com.au for opening hours and more information.