THE Australian Labor Party and the Coalition argue over many policy issues, and that is as it should be in a robust and open democracy such as ours. But some issues should be bipartisan, and I am pleased to say that on the subject of support for Israel and for the Middle East peace process, both major parties are in agreement.
FOREIGN Minister Bob Carr was condemned by communal leaders this week for claiming that the federal Labor government views all Israeli settlements as illegal.
TRUE to his word that he would reconsider holding an election on Yom Kippur, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd this week announced Australia would go to the polls a week earlier on September 7, a move that has been met with praise by Jewish politicians on both sides of the divide.
AS Australia swings into election mode, former prime minister John Howard has said his government would not have abstained from the United Nations’ vote on Palestinian statehood.
JEWISH groups have voiced concern about Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s new policy on asylum seekers, which diverts boat arrivals to Papua New Guinea.
AS Kevin Rudd returned to The Lodge last week, communal leaders spoke of the strong relationship they had with the Prime Minister during his first term in office from 2007 to 2010.
COMMUNITY leaders have congratulated Kevin Rudd on his return to the top job while paying tribute to former Prime Minister Julia Gillard for her support for Israel and the Jewish community.
WITH Kevin Rudd having moved to the backbench following his leadership stoush with Julia Gillard, the question is who will be Australia’s next foreign minister.
COMMUNAL leaders have welcomed the Australian Foreign Minister’s announcement that he was imposing fresh sanctions on Syria in the wake of the escalation of violence perpetrated by the regime in recent days and the failure of the UN to pass a resolution censuring President Assad.