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Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Page: 1651


Senator RYAN (VictoriaMinister for Vocational Education and Skills) (16:41): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator RYAN: Serious and complex foreign policy matters should not be dealt with through a Senate motion. The ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is of deep concern to the Australian government. We called on all parties to respect international humanitarian law during the 2014 Gaza conflict. Australia supports the full and thorough investigation of any alleged violations of international humanitarian law. The 2014 Gaza conflict and more recent violence underline the importance of a return to negotiations toward a two-state solution. The government is committed to a future where the Israeli and Palestinian peoples live in peace and security within internationally recognised borders.

I will leave my comments there lest I say too much.

The PRESIDENT: That concludes the discovery of formal business.