All posts tagged Mark Dreyfus

MPs apologise for Evian

THE world “turned its back on God’s chosen people”, federal MP Stuart Robert said last week while moving a parliamentary motion apologising for Australia’s “indifference” to the plight of European Jewry on the eve of the Holocaust.

Leifer ‘fit for trial’ but delays loom

For the first time since Malka Leifer allegedly sexually abused children in Melbourne, a court-appointed psychiatrist has determined she is fit to stand trial.

Remembering Labor’s Barry Cohen

Tributes have flowed for former federal Labor minister, NSW MP and "justice warrior" Barry Cohen, who has died aged 82.

History made in Parliament

THE first Torah to be inaugurated in Australia's Federal Parliament had its final letters inscribed in a landmark event last week.

Turnbull and Shorten bound for Beersheba

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will be joined by senior politicians, military personnel and communal leaders next Tuesday when they stand shoulder to shoulder with their Israeli counterparts in Beersheba to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landmark battle that saw the defeat of the Ottoman Turks and helped pave the way for the establishment of the Jewish State.

Erlich to meet PM

CHILD sexual abuse survivor Dassi Erlich is set to meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday as she escalates her campaign to have former Adass Israel principal Malka Leifer extradited to Australia.

Fit for service

AN article this week claiming that Australian Jewish MPs could be caught in the ongoing citizenship saga has been blown out of the water by the same academic that was relied on as a basis for the story.

The real threat facing us

OUR community is justifiably concerned about recent developments within the ALP. The misguided push by some elements, led by Bob Carr, to unilaterally recognise the "State of Palestine" has gained some traction at recent state Labor conferences. Much of the rhetoric emanating from supporters of the Palestinian cause has been inflammatory, including morally offensive comparisons with apartheid South Africa. These decisions will have no bearing on Labor's foreign policy determined at its 2018 national conference.

Carr derailed

A NSW Labor motion urging the next Labor federal government to recognise Palestine will not impact federal Labor’s foreign policy, according to several federal Labor politicians.

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.