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Notice given 6 November 2006

611  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the petition organised by the International Jewish Solidarity Network and published in the New York Times in September 2006 that declares:

i. As Jews of conscience living in the United States, we are outraged by the violence being perpetrated in our name, both as Jews and US citizens.

ii. ... There is no Jewish safety, nor Jewish claims to justice, reason, or equity, beyond Jewish commitment to the unconditional safety and liberation of the peoples of Palestine, Lebanon and the other Arab and Muslim countries currently under assault by Israel, the US and its allies.

iii. We, Jews of Conscience, demand that the US government:

1. Require Israel to stop its brutal siege on Gaza and on Lebanon and call for an unconditional cease fire.

2. Require Israel to stop the expansion of the Israeli Wall of Separation, dismantle the completed sections, and completely withdraw from Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

3. Support the United Nations resolutions demanding that Israel uphold international law and support the sanctions against Israel necessary to enforce these resolutions.


 4. End military and economic aid to Israel.

5. Support reparations for the Palestinian and Lebanese people for the death and destruction they have suffered and for aid towards the rebuilding of their countries; and

(b) encourages the Government to support the demands of the petition.

612  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) on 17 October 2006, the United States Congress passed the Military Commission Act 2006 ,

(ii) Mr David Hicks is yet to have charges laid against him under that Act,

(iii) provisions of the Act include:

( a ) admission of evidence that has been obtained by torture,

( b ) conviction on evidence that Mr Hicks may never be allowed to see,

( c ) the removal of the right to a speedy trial,

( d ) the removal of the right of habeas corpus , the right of a detainee to challenge his or her unjust imprisonment, and

( e ) the removal of the right of Mr Hicks to cross-examine witnesses who have given evidence against him, where that evidence may have been obtained by torture, and

(iv) under the provisions of the Act, Mr Hicks will not have the opportunity of a fair trial; and

(b) calls on the Government to take steps to facilitate a fair trial for or the repatriation of Mr Hicks.