Author: chris-hayes

Cross-party parliamentary delegation to Palestine

Mr Chris Hayes MP, Member for Fowler talked on Wednesday 13 February regarding his experiences during the cross-party parliamentary delegation visit to Palestine in January 2019. From a young age, my upbringing caused me to know that the Jews have historically been a much persecuted people. For this reason, I’ve always supported the right of a Jewish state to exist. However, I’ve become increasingly concerned about the hostilities in the Israeli-occupied territories, as well as the lack of progress being made for the creation of a Palestinian state.Advertisements Palestinians, too, have the right to exist and enjoy statehood. Last...

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No neutrality in the face of injustice

Monday 10 December 2018 marked the International Human Rights Day. On this day we come together as part of a concerned international community to recommit to the cause of human rights. This year’s commemoration is particularly significant given that it is 70 years since the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an international instrument which has formed the foundation of the fundamental human rights regimes across the globe. When this declaration was first adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, Australia, through Dr Evatt, was among the eight nations who played a key role in...

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Racism does stop with me

We must stand against racism. I’m proud to say that that’s exactly what occurred recently in our federal parliament. It was one of the few instances where we’ve seen the parliament come together. At that time, we condemned the derogatory and offensive statements made by Senator Fraser Anning.Advertisements His was a speech belittling our people, dividing our community and, quite frankly, inciting hatred towards fellow Australians. It was a display of complete ignorance not only towards our Australian Muslims but also to those of the Jewish faith, as it invoked the term ‘final solution’ to fulfill his filthy agenda. To be an Australian should be dictated not by your religion or your ethnicity but by your love for this country and the contribution you make to our great nation. I have the honour of representing one of the most multicultural electorates in the whole of Australia and, on behalf of my constituents, I can tell Fraser Anning that his vile comments are not welcome and have no place, certainly not in this parliament. This sort of behaviour should never be tolerated, and we should always condemn it for what it is, and that is pure racism. What do we hear from his party leader, the Member for Kennedy? No remorse and no apology, just a rambling statement claiming that he backs Senator Anning 1000 percent. What’s worse is that...

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