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Irwin's comments on Israel disgraceful 15 September 2005

Andrew Robb, the Federal Member for Goldstein today condemned the Labor Member for Fowler, Julia Irwin’s, latest attack on Israel.

On Tuesday night (September 13th 2005) in the House of Representatives, Ms Irwin evoked language of the Holocaust in her criticism of Israel’s approach to the Gaza Strip labelling it “a walled ghetto, a giant penal colony, a concentration camp”.

Twice in her speech Ms Irwin referred to the policies of the Government of Israel as “ethnic cleansing”, such phraseology being deeply offensive to Jewish people.

Ms Irwin withdrew her comments following pressure from the Liberal Government, who have further requested that Ms Irwin be disciplined for her comments.

“I find the comments made by the Member for Fowler to be totally unacceptable” said Andrew Robb “Her language shows a breathtaking ignorance, and her comments should be publicly denounced by the Labor Party and the Opposition Leader Kim Beazley.”

“If Mr Beazley fails to discipline Ms Irwin, and to condemn her comments it would place a big question mark over the sincerity of Labor’s comments about Israel.”

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