All posts tagged Labor

Heading off BDS in Batman

IF embattled federal Labor MP David Feeney is forced to recontest his seat because of citizenship issues, the Liberals are likely to run a candidate in order to preference against any Greens candidate favouring boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

Labor MP sorry over Nazi comparison

FEDERAL Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon has apologised after comparing the Australian Workers' Union raids conducted by the Australian Federal Police to Nazi Germany.

Thomson quitting Parliament

VICTORIAN Labor MP Marsha Thomson, who became the first female Jewish minister in Australia, has announced she is stepping down from politics.

Parties’ positions on key election issues

The five major parties that could decide the future of Australia after the election said they do not support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel and would fund security for Jewish schools and institutions if it was recommended by police or ASIO.

Senate to probe Iran sanctions rollback

THE Australian government’s decision to lift sanctions on Iran in the wake of last year’s nuclear deal will come under the spotlight in Parliament after Labor this week moved to refer the policy change to a powerful Senate committee.

Israel’s friends in Labor speak out

SENIOR Labor officials reaffirmed the party’s support for Israel at a meeting with members of the Australia-Israel Labor Dialogue (AILD) and several Jewish community leaders in Sydney last week.

Carr slammed over Jerusalem remarks

FORMER foreign minister Bob Carr has come under fire from members of his own party after lamenting the “Judaising” of the “great Arab city” of Jerusalem and saying politicians are being “seduced and bribed” with study tours to Israel.

MP slammed over Israel speech

FEDERAL NSW Labor MP Laurie Ferguson has roused the ire of the community leadership after delivering a speech slating Israel in the House of Representatives last week.

Carr drives NSW Labor away from Israel

SHADOW foreign affairs spokesperson Tanya Plibersek has confirmed that federal Labor’s position on Palestinian statehood remains unchanged after the party’s NSW branch passed a motion to “consult like-minded nations towards recognition of the Palestinian state” should there not be progress towards a two-state ­solution.

Pollies’ one-sided letter

COMMUNAL leaders have blasted a letter signed by over 40 Australian politicians, calling for Israel to end its operation in Gaza, as one-sided.