Parliamentarians Speaking up for Palestine November 2022
These parliamentarians have stood up for Palestine this month, joining the UN Day of Solidarity for the Palestinian People.
Click here to see a full record of all mentions of Palestine in the Australian federal parliament in the last decade.
Andrew Wilkie MP, Independent Federal member for Clark
Parliamentary speech noting children’s deaths by Israeli forces, and UN reports calling Israeli occupation illegal and apartheid (video/text)
“It’s time for Australia and the world to scale-up our response to this horrific situation”
Senator Anne Urquhart, Labor Senator for Tasmania
Attended Parliamentary Friends of Palestine event & gave a speech honouring Shireen Abu Akleh and all those killed by Israeli forces (video/text)
“Military occupations are inherently brutal, but they are never supposed to be permanent. Military occupations must be opposed, whether in Ukraine or in Palestine. A recent report by the UN commission of inquiry found that the Israeli occupation is unlawful under international law”.
Senator Fatima Payman, Labor Senator for Western Australia
Gave parliamentary speech focusing on treatment of Palestinian children in military courts, telling story of Shadi Khoury (video/text)
“Israel is the only country in the world that systemically prosecutes children in military courts that lack fundamental fair-trial rights and protections.”
Max Chandler-Mather MP, Greens Federal member for Griffith
Gave parliamentary speech quoting UN Special Rapporteur’s report calling for a reorientation towards a decolonisation, not a negotiations framework (text/video)
“the only conclusion is that the Israeli state is undertaking a settler-colonial regime, including implementing apartheid policies…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”.
Tony Zappia MP, Labor Federal member for Makin
Gave two speeches for Palestine. One honouring Melissa Parke receiving the Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize (text) and another noting the UN special rapporteur’s report (video/text). He also attended the Parliamentary Friends of Palestine event.
“the Palestinian people face everyday struggles for survival, the loss of land, human rights violations and oppression.”
Tony Piccolo, Labor State member for Light, SA
Moved and spoke to a motion in the South Australian lower house endorsing the principles in the Sydney Statement on anti-Palestinianism and calling on the Australian Government to acknowledge the right of Palestinians to self-determination as provided for by international law”. (video/text)
“The Palestinian people are oppressed in their own country. They are not the aggressors who have gone to a third country…Sadly, there are some similarities between what happened in Australia with the colonisation of Australia and in terms of Palestine. There was a presumption that you could just carve up the land because there were no people there, and that was part of the assumption of the UN plan, quite incorrectly”.
Irene Pnevmatikos, Labor Member of the SA Legislative Council.
Moved and spoke to a motion in the South Australian upper house endorsing the principles in the Sydney Statement on anti-Palestinianism and calling on the Australian Government to acknowledge the right of Palestinians to self-determination as provided for by international law”. (video)
“Israel continues to build settlements on occupied territory, further undermining any endeavours for a solution”
Steve Georganas, Labor Federal Member for Adelaide
Attended Parliamentary Friends of Palestine event.
Senator Mehreen Faruqi, Greens Senator for New South Wales.
Wore a Keffiyeh for the entire day in Parliament. Delivered speech for the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people (video/text).
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
Senator David Shoebridge, Greens Senator for New South Wales.
Delivered speech for the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people highlighting the racist new Israeli parliament (video/text, NB video doesn’t include whole speech).
“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”.
Mark Coulton MP, Nationals Federal Member for Parkes
Co-convenor of Federal Parliamentary Friends of Palestine. He hosted event in parliament house and posted about it on Facebook & Instagram
“Australia and the international community must do what we can to support the Palestinian people, who are persecuted on a daily basis. We cannot let this suppression and violence continue. I stand with the Palestinian people today, and every day”.
Sussan Ley MP, Liberal Member for Farrer and Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Attended Parliamentary Friends of Palestine event, staying for entire event even though she didn’t have a seat.
Maria Vamvakinou MP, Federal Labor member for Calwell
Gave two speeches for Palestine. One honouring Melissa Parke receiving the Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize (video/text) and another noting the Parliamentary Event (video/text). She also co-convenes the Federal Parliamentary Friends of Palestine.
“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”.
Senator Janet Rice, Greens Senator for Victoria
Co-convenes Parliamentary Friends of Palestine and shared her speech at the event on Instagram and Facebook), she called on Australia to be stronger and take more definitive action, to Recognise Palestine and working for justice and peace and ending the Israeli occupation.
Minister Andrew Giles, Labor Federal Member for Scullin and Minister for Immigration, Citizenship & Multicultural Affairs
Attended Parliamentary Friends of Palestine event.