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     6   Extradition of Malka Leifer

Mr Sharma, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        notes that Malka Leifer, the former Principal of the Adass Israel Girls School in Melbourne, fled Australia in 2008 as child sexual abuse allegations against her surfaced;

(2)        reaffirms the formal extradition request that was filed by Australia in 2014 requesting she be returned to Victoria to face 74 charges of child sexual abuse;

(3)        acknowledges the bravery of Ms Leifer’s alleged victims - especially Dassi Erlich, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper for their tireless pursuit of justice;

(4)        further notes that over five years have elapsed, and over 60 court hearings have been held in Israel, since this extradition request was first lodged, without any significant progress having been made;

(5)        expresses regret and concern at the numerous attempts to prevent and delay Malka Leifer facing justice in Australia; and

(6)        calls for the immediate extradition of Malka Leifer to Australia to face 74 charges of child sexual abuse.

Debate ensued.



Suspension of meeting

At 7.07 pm, a division having been called in the House, the proceedings were suspended.

Resumption of meeting

At 7.18 pm, the proceedings were resumed.




Debate continued.

The time allotted for private Members’ business having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.