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11 August 2017
Australian Friends of Palestine Association
3 states, 1 territory and 1 lower house vote to recognise Palestine
Over recent weeks Australian Labor Party State Conferences in Tasmania, Queensland, NSW and the ACT have passed resolutions urging the next federal Labor government to recognise the State of Palestine. A similar resolution was also passed in the South Australian parliament's lower house, the House of Assembly. We record these wins here, say thank you, and continue the struggle...
"Why Palestine? Because it is a just cause, a noble ideal, a moral quest for equality and human rights." - Edward Said.

~ UPDATE on the Recognise Palestine campaign in South Australia
~ Change is still coming to the ALP [New Matilda]
~ NSW Labor conference backs recognition [The Guardian]
& ICYMI... Why South Australia must vote yes [The Advertiser]
UPDATE on the Recognise Palestine campaign in the South Australian parliament
AFOPA, 10 August 2017
A pro-Palestine motion narrowly failed to pass in the South Australian upper house, the Legislative Council, on 9 August.

After a similar Motion had been successfully passed in the lower house in June, Greens Party representative, The Hon. Tammy Franks, moved the Motion in the Legislative Council, where we were hopeful it would also be supported by upper house MPs. The Motion called on the federal government to recognise the state of Palestine in an effort to save the two-state solution.

Unfortunately, the Motion as put by The Hon. Tammy Franks failed to pass by one vote in the Legislative Council.

An alternative Motion, moved by The Hon. Andrew McLachlan (Liberal Party), was passed. This motion was effectively a 'do-nothing' motion - it called for recognition of Palestine after a two-state solution was negotiated, completely negating the intent of the original Motion to put pressure on Israel to cease undermining the possibility of peace through its ongoing illegal settlement activities.
Read full Hansard transcript here >>
A win for Palestine - Thank you!
A recent public opinion poll has shown that "the Australian public is way out in front of the major parties on the issue of Palestine." 

AFOPA sends it heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of members, friends and supporters in South Australia - and around Australia - who gave two minutes of your time for Palestine and worked to get these Resolutions and Motions supported by your political representatives.

Your action ensured that our political leaders are hearing the concerns of their constituents.

Your action has seen Australia work to get on the right side of history.
(See AFOPA Media Release, 22 June 2017)

In South Australia, we sincerely thank The Hon. Tammy Franks (Greens) and The Hon. Tony Piccolo (ALP, who put the Motion in the Lower House) for their efforts in this just cause.

We also thank our members, friends and supporters around Australia for your commitment to Palestine. Your support has ensured a strong, independent, Australian voice – your voice – is working towards peace and justice for the Palestinian people.

Thank you,
Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA)
South Australia
2017 Opinion Poll
View Roy Morgan Opinion Poll results here >>
Change Is Still Coming To The ALP: NSW Votes To Recognise Palestine
Michael Brull, New Matilda, 8 August 2017
'NSW Labor has committed as policy to recognising Palestine as a state. In a sense, this is a purely symbolic move. It puts virtually no pressure on Israel. It doesn’t really highlight any particular human rights violations in Palestine. It doesn’t commit Australia or the ALP to any particular measures. Some may dismiss the motion. Yet that overlooks the dynamics that have been involved in the campaign to push the motion. It has meant substantial parts of the ALP organising to confront the Israel lobby, publicly campaigning against Israeli actions, and widespread activism on Palestine...'
Read more here >>
NSW Labor conference backs recognition of Palestine and two-state solution
Katharine Murphy, The Guardian Australia, 30 July 2017
'The New South Wales Labor conference has urged the next federal Labor government to recognise Palestine in a development likely to flow through to the party’s national conference next July. The motion carried by delegates in Sydney on Sunday night affirmed the two-state solution, and it recognised Israel and Palestine’s right to exist “within secure and recognised borders” before urging the next Labor government to recognise Palestine... Separate pro-Palestine motions also passed Labor conferences in Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory over the weekend...'
Read more here >>
And in case you missed it...
Why South Australia Upper House must vote yes for State of Palestine, The Advertiser, 28 July 2017
Analysis from the AFOPA Executive Officer, Mike Khizam
'The South Australian Legislative Council will vote next week on a motion calling on the Federal Government to recognise the State of Palestine as 138 other states around the world have done. The motion deserves to succeed because recognition by the Australian Government is a meaningful and important contribution to achieving a just peace between Israel and the Palestinians. It is consistent with Australia’s support for a two-state solution to the conflict and with our existing recognition of Israel...'
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