All posts tagged Colin Rubenstein

Vic Libs call for embassy move

The stage could be set for Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop to greenlight a move of Australia’s Israel embassy to Jerusalem after the influential Victorian branch of the Liberal Party voted resoundingly for a switch from Tel Aviv.

Mixed reaction to 18C proposal

Jewish community opinion remains divided over Section 18C of the federal Racial Discrimination Act, after news that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is proposing landmark changes to the act.

Report ‘shows no reason to change 18C’

Jewish community leaders have welcomed this week’s findings by Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights report on the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA), which failed to reach a consensus on amending freedom-of-speech laws.

Unsettled over settlements

Australian Jewish leaders have expressed concern over Israel’s controversial new legislation on settlements, describing the law which would retroactively legalise an estimated 4000 West Bank settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land as “troubling” and “counterproductive”.

Paris conference an ‘empty exercise’

An overhyped talkfest – that is the consensus among Jewish leaders in Australia about the January 15 peace conference in Paris.

Shoah memorials ‘safe under 18C’

There is no danger Holocaust commemorations could be impeded by Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, say Jewish groups.

Keep 18C intact, urge roof bodies

Australia's peak Jewish communal organisations have called for a hands-off approach to the Racial Discrimination Act’s provision prohibiting speech that offends or insults.

Cautious welcome for Trump

Donald Trump’s historic election as the 45th US president has been met with mixed reactions from leaders of the Australian Jewish community.

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Caution urged over 18C inquiry

Communal leaders are cautiously welcoming a parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech, but maintain sections 18C and 18D should remain untouched.

‘Graceless’ Greens leader under fire for Peres speech

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has delivered a speech about the late former Israeli president Shimon Peres, which has been condemned as “disgusting”, “rotten” and “hateful”.