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Speech on the need to cease defence exports to Israel

On Tuesday 28 May 2024, I made a speech in Federal Parliament about the need to cease defence exports to Israel. You can watch the full speech here or read the transcript below.


How many children need to be killed in Gaza before this government withdraws its support for Israel's invasion? What is the number? Over 10,000 children killed is not enough for them to stop exporting weapons? There has been $1.5 million in just February this year in arms and ammunition to Israeli, according to the government's own data. What will it take for Australia to cancel its contract with Elbit Systems, whose drone killed Australian aid worker Zomi Frankcom and who brag about testing their weapons on Palestinians?

Yesterday morning, we woke to the news that Israel had targeted a displacement camp and killed at least 45 people. This area was designated as a safe zone. There were images circulating on social media that no-one should ever have to see, with bodies of children being mourned by their grieving parents. The area was so crowded with tents that fire ripped through the encampment. People were burned alive. All of this was just days after the ICJ ordered a halt to the Rafah offensive.

What will it that take for this government to act to stop the genocide? Asking Israel nicely is meaningless while Australia is still exporting weapons to Israel, refuses to sanction Netanyahu and his war cabinet and signs deals with companies who profit immensely from the murder they cause in Gaza.

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