The Hon Matt Thistlewaite MP, ALP candidate, Kingsford Smith

Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding recognising Palestine as an independent state.

The Australian Labor Party supports the peace process and the prospect of successfully negotiating a two-state solution.

The previous Labor Government abstained from a United Nations vote giving Palestine non-member observer status. The Liberal government has since reversed this stance, being one of only three nations, along with the United States and Israel to vote against a United Nations resolution that called for a lasting and comprehensive peaceful solution.

The Australian Government must do all it can to help ease tensions in the area, including its role on the United Nations Security Council.

I strongly support a two-state solution and the successful negation to end conflict in the area.

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about this important matter.

Yours Sincerely