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Thursday, 10 May 2018
Page: 2875


Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (12:18): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator CHISHOLM: Labor has long supported and continues to support an enduring and just two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the right of Israel to live in peace within secure borders internationally recognised and agreed by the parties, and reflecting the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people to also live in peace and security within their own state.

Labor supports all genuine efforts toward a negotiated settlement between the parties to the conflict based on international frameworks, laws and norms. We also condemn all violence related to the conflict, and Labor will continue to call on both sides to refrain from any actions that hamper peaceful outcomes for both the Israeli and Palestinian people.

Labor is concerned about recent violence on the Gaza border. Labor also condemns anti-Semitic speech and behaviour in all its forms. Labor, whether in government or opposition, will continue to work with the parties to the conflict, our allies and the wider international community to achieve a peaceful resolution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.