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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio)

Senator RHIANNON: In previous estimates hearings, Senator Brandis, you confirmed that the Australian government was abandoning the internationally accepted description of East Jerusalem as 'occupied' because the term is 'judgemental'. Since then, Australia's ambassador to Israel, Dave Sharma, has told Israeli media outlets that the entire West Bank should not be referred to as 'occupied'. This includes Bethlehem, Jericho, Ramallah and all parts of the Golan Heights. Is Australia's official position that the West Bank is not occupied?

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Australian Greens for Palestine

The Australian Greens have long worked inside and outside parliament to oppose Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories, beginning with the election of Jo Vallentine in 1990.

The Greens understand that justice for Palestinians is critical to achieving lasting peace in the region for Israelis and Palestinians.

Click the link below to download Australian Greens for Palestine.

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Speech: Aid Projects and the Ongoing War in Gaza

The war against Palestine continues. Along with the deaths of more than 2,000 and the destruction of essential infrastructure, many aid funded projects of vital importance to the health and wellbeing of Gazans have been destroyed. On 20 August this year a number of aid groups wrote to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop.

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Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Bill 2014

Dr Rimmer : My submission and a number of submissions from particular unions raised concerns about the role of investor-state dispute resolution in relation to matters of industrial relations. From an Australian perspective, it has been bubbling along for a few years. The ACTU raised concerns about investor-state dispute settlement a few years ago.

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Gaza: 680 dead, 3700 injured, entire families wiped out; any deal must include an end to the occupation

Three weeks since the attack on Gaza began, and one week since the ground invasion began the Greens NSW say that any ceasefire deal between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza must include an end to Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories and to the blockade of Gaza.

Greens NSW Upper House MP David Shoebridge said: "To date the Australian government has refused to take a position against Israel's brutal military offensive in Gaza, which has left over 680 Palestinians dead and more than 3700 injured.

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