MEDIA RELEASE - Chisholm Speaks Out Against Abbott Government's $7.6 Billion Overseas Aid Cut

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS & INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 

ANNA BURKE MP

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR CHISHOLM

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

CHISHOLM SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ABBOTT GOVERNMENT’S $7.6 BILLION OVERSEAS AID CUT

 THURSDAY, 16 OCTOBER 2014

The Abbott Liberal Government’s $7.6 billion cut to overseas aid is a broken promise that will hurt the world’s poor.

Tanya Plibersek, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, was in Chisholm today and addressed members of the local community about the cuts at a public forum in Blackburn.

“Tony Abbott made a pre-election promise to increase investment in overseas aid in line with the consumer price index,” Ms Plibersek said.

“Yet in his first Budget, he cut $7.6 billion from our aid contribution, including more than $110 million from aid to our neighbours in the Asia-Pacific.”

Federal Member for Chisholm, Anna Burke, said the Abbott Government’s cuts are hugely disappointing for the organisations and individuals supporting international development in our local community.

“There are 28,000 supporters including 990 businesses and 80 community and church groups who are active around international development issues,” Ms Burke said.

“The community understands just how much Australia’s investment in aid means to the world’s poorest people unlike the Abbott Government which knows the price of everything and the value of nothing,” Ms Burke said.

The Abbott Government said it would provide certainty on overseas aid, but all it has delivered is chaos, cuts, and broken promises.

In contrast, the former Labor Government nearly doubled the aid budget.

 

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MEDIA RELEASE - Hotham Hit Hard by Child Care Benefit Cut

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TANYA PLIBERSEK MP

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 

CLARE O’NEIL MP

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR HOTHAM

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

HOTHAM HIT HARD BY CHILD CARE BENEFIT CUTS

 THURSDAY 16 OCTOBER 2014 

Federal Member for Hotham Clare O’Neil joined Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek today at the East Bentleigh Childcare Centre to shine a light on the Abbott Government’s cuts to child care.

Despite promising no cuts to education, the Abbott Government has announced over $1 billion of cuts from the child care support Australian families rely on every day.

Legislation introduced by the Abbott Government, currently before the Parliament, has the sole purpose of cutting the Child Care Benefit which more than 3000 families in Hotham rely on.

“The Abbott Government’s cuts to child care support will impact local families on as little as $42,000 per year,” Ms O’Neil said.

“Recent reports show that child care costs are having the biggest impact on low and middle-income families – exactly the same people these cuts will hit the hardest.”

No government has ever before moved to cut or freeze the means-tested Child Care Benefit, and 80 per cent of families who receive child care assistance rely on Child Care Benefit support.

“Tony Abbott has the wrong priorities: he is cutting existing practical support for low and middle-income families, at the same time as arguing for $50,000 Paid Parental Leave payments for high income earners,” Ms Plibersek said.

“Just like the rest of his cruel and unfair budget – these child care cuts will hit those who can least afford it.”

Hotham residents can take a stand against Tony Abbott’s targeted child care cuts by signing the petition here, which already has over 25000 signatures:

http://www.alp.org.au/targetedchildcarecuts

 

 

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MEDIA RELEASE - Ebola Crisis

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 

THE HON CATHERINE KING MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH
MEMBER FOR BALLARAT

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

EBOLA CRISIS

 FRIDAY, 3 OCTOBER 2014

The Ebola crisis is no longer just a humanitarian crisis for West Africa – it now poses a direct threat to world economic growth and if not contained, will spread to other countries.

Failure to act now will have serious consequences and this week’s first Ebola case in the US shows that even countries with the most highly developed health and border protection are no longer immune.

As infectious diseases expert Dr Alexander van Tulleken today made clear:

“The only way to prevent this happening again is to roll back this disease in West Africa otherwise it’s not just going to be happening here, it’s going to be happening all over the world.”

Dr Alexander van Tulleken – ABC AM, 3 October 2014

 

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagard has also bluntly warned of the economic and security consequences of failing to tackle the Ebola outbreak now.

“The development of the Ebola virus. if it is not contained, if all the players that talk about it don’t actually do something about it to try to stop it, contain it and help those three countries deal with it, it might develop into something that would be a very serious concern and could cause significant risks.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagard – Washington DC Speech, 2 October 2014

 

That is why Labor has now for over a week been warning that the rapidly escalating situation demands Australia go further and support specialised personnel who wish to help fight the spread of Ebola.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott must act on the letter he has received from Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma which declares his country is counting on Australia.

"While we are doing everything possible to stop the outbreak, further support is urgently needed from your friendly government to scale up our national response with ... education efforts, as well as infection control measures," the letter says.

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma – Letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, October 2014

 

Australia must put into action the unanimous UN Security Council resolution we co-sponsored calling on all nations to:

” …facilitate the delivery of assistance, including qualified, specialized and trained personnel and supplies, in response to the Ebola outbreak…”.

UNSC resolution 2177 – 18 September 2014

 

That resolution was co-sponsored by a record 131 countries.

Of the around 6,500 Ebola cases so far, more than 3,000 people have died.  If we don’t do more, some predictions suggest the number of Ebola cases could reach 1.4 million by 2015.

If the international community pulls together, the Ebola outbreak may be possible to contain.  But the window of opportunity is closing fast. That’s why Australia must significantly increase its efforts, immediately.

 

 

 

 

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MEDIA RELEASE - International Conference on the Ebola Crisis

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 

THE HON CATHERINE KING MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH
MEMBER FOR BALLARAT

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE EBOLA CRISIS

 

THURSDAY, 2 OCTOBER 2014

As a conference meets in London today to help coordinate international efforts against Ebola, the Abbott Government must say whether it will commit to supporting skilled, experienced Australians willing and able to fight the crisis in West Africa.

Today, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) reiterated that the Abbott Government is not doing enough to assist get the Ebola outbreak under control.

“…in the same way as we work with international partners in Syria at the moment, we can do absolutely the same thing with Americans, the British, and the other countries that are making similar arrangements - this is an international, in fact a global effort, and we need to play our part.  Eight million dollars doesn’t cut it, and I certainly agree…that our call at the Security Council for international assistance here is in contrast to our deeds on this matter.”

 

AMA Vice-President, Dr Stephen Parnis, ABC Radio National, 2 October 2014

 

Labor supported the Government’s initial $8 million financial contribution to help tackle this crisis, and the further $10 million announced today. But the rapidly escalating situation demands Australia go further and support specialised personnel who wish to help fight the spread of Ebola.

The Abbott Government’s refusal to take this step comes despite Australia co-sponsoring a unanimous UN Security Council resolution calling on all nations to:

” …facilitate the delivery of assistance, including qualified, specialized and trained personnel and supplies, in response to the Ebola outbreak…”. 

 

UNSC resolution 2177, 18 September 2014

The resolution was co-sponsored by a record 131 countries.

The United States and the UK have already committed medical teams to the region.

Government claims that Australia cannot care for medical personnel sent to West Africa ignore the fact around a dozen Australian volunteers are already on the ground there dealing with the Ebola crisis.

If required, the Australian Government should negotiate with our international partners to ensure appropriate standby management arrangements for any Australian personnel – as suggested by the AMA.

Failure to act now will have incredibly serious consequences.

Of the around 6,500 Ebola cases so far, more than 3,000 people have died.  If we don’t do more, some predictions suggest the number of Ebola cases could reach 1.4 million by 2015.

If the international community pulls together, the Ebola outbreak may be possible to contain.  But the window of opportunity is closing fast.  That’s why Australia must significantly increase its efforts, immediately.

 

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MEDIA RELEASE - Ebola Crisis

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 

THE HON CATHERINE KING MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH
MEMBER FOR BALLARAT

 

MEDIA RELEASE

EBOLA CRISIS

 

WEDNESDAY, 1 OCTOBER 2014

In Question Time today, the Abbott Government again refused to offer support for skilled, experienced Australians willing and able to fight the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

This is despite Australia co-sponsoring a unanimous UN Security Council resolution calling on all nations to:

” …facilitate the delivery of assistance, including qualified, specialized and trained personnel and supplies, in response to the Ebola outbreak…”. 

UNSC resolution 2177

18 September 2014

The resolution was co-sponsored by a record 131 countries.

Labor supports the Government’s $8 million financial contribution to help tackle this crisis.  But the rapidly escalating situation demands Australia go further and support specialised personnel who wish to help fight the spread of Ebola.

The United States and the UK have already committed medical teams to the region.

Government claims that Australia cannot care for medical personnel sent to West Africa ignore the fact around a dozen Australian volunteers are already on the ground there dealing with the Ebola crisis.

If required, the Australian Government should negotiate with our international partners to ensure appropriate standby management arrangements for any Australian personnel.

Failure to act now will have incredibly serious consequences.

Of the around 6,500 Ebola cases so far, more than 3,000 people have died.  If we don’t do more, some predictions suggest the number of Ebola cases could reach 1.4 million by 2015.

It also puts international peace and security at risk.

Today, the first case of Ebola in the United States was diagnosed.

If the international community pulls together, the Ebola outbreak may be possible to contain.  But the window of opportunity is closing fast.  That’s why Australia must significantly increase its efforts, immediately.

Urgent calls for assistance have come from across the world:

US President Barack Obama:

“We are not moving fast enough.  We are not doing enough.  Right now, everybody has the best of intentions, but people are not putting in the kinds of resources that are necessary to put a stop to this epidemic. 

 

“More nations need to contribute critical assets and capabilities -- whether it is air transport, or medical evacuation, or health care workers, or equipment, or treatment.” 

UN High-Level meeting on Ebola

18 September 2014

 

Médecins Sans Frontières:

“We have been very clear with the government that we are not asking for financial support. We are asking the government to evaluate Australia’s emergency medical capacity and mobilise it on the ground in West Africa.”

MSF Australian executive director Paul McPhun

18 September 2014

 

Australian Medical Association:

“We are witnessing a humanitarian and public health crisis of the highest order.

“The Australian Government can and must do more – much more.

“The AMA is calling on the Government to urgently coordinate the recruitment and deployment of volunteer doctors and other health professionals to West Africa, and provide ongoing practical support such as protective and medical equipment and supplies, transport and accommodation.”

AMA President Brian Owler

18 September 2014

 

 

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MEDIA RELEASE - Australia Must Contribute More to Fight Against West Africa Ebola Crisis

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 

THE HON CATHERINE KING MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH
MEMBER FOR BALLARAT

 

MEDIA RELEASE

AUSTRALIA MUST CONTRIBUTE MORE TO FIGHT AGAINST WEST AFRICA EBOLA CRISIS

 MONDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2014

The Abbott Government must listen to the pleas from medical experts and contribute more to the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by supporting skilled and experienced Australians who are willing and able to assist.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described the worsening Ebola crisis as “unparalleled in modern times” with the disease now having killed more than 3,000 people.

Just because the Ebola crisis is not right on our border doesn't mean that we shouldn't be concerned about the scale of this humanitarian disaster.

The window of opportunity to contain this outbreak is fast closing. As President Obama said last week in a speech to a high level UN meeting on the crisis, “everybody has to do more”.

In that speech, President Obama made clear the urgent need in West Africa is for nations like Australia “to contribute critical assets and capabilities — whether it is air transport, or medical evacuation, or health care workers, or equipment, or treatment.”

Labor supported the Government’s $8 million in financial contributions, but believes the crisis now demands Australia go further and support specialised personnel who wish to contribute to tackle this rapidly escalating crisis.

Government claims that Australia cannot care for medical personnel sent to West Africa ignore the fact around a dozen Australian volunteers are already on the ground there dealing with the Ebola crisis.

The US and UK have already committed medical teams to the region.

If required, the Australian Government should negotiate with our international partners to ensure appropriate standby management arrangements for any Australian personnel in West Africa.

Australia is a prosperous and generous nation and our Government should do all it can to assist this humanitarian crisis while it is still possible to contain this Ebola outbreak.

 

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MEDIA RELEASE - Australia Must Heed President Obama's Call and Contribute More to Ebola Crisis

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS & INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 

THE HON CATHERINE KING MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH

MEMBER FOR BALLARAT

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

AUSTRALIA MUST HEED PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CALL AND CONTRIBUTE MORE TO EBOLA CRISIS

 FRIDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2014

The Abbott Government must heed President Obama’s call and contribute more to the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by supporting skilled and experienced Australians who are willing and able to assist.

In a speech overnight to a high level UN meeting, President Obama has called for nations like Australia with the resources, to urgently do more to fight the Ebola crisis.

“We are not moving fast enough.  We are not doing enough.  Right now, everybody has the best of intentions, but people are not putting in the kinds of resources that are necessary to put a stop to this epidemic. 

 

“More nations need to contribute critical assets and capabilities -- whether it is air transport, or medical evacuation, or health care workers, or equipment, or treatment.” 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described the worsening Ebola crisis as “unparalleled in modern times” with the disease now having killed more than 2,800 people and infected nearly 6,000 people in West Africa.

The window of opportunity to contain this outbreak is fast closing. As President Obama said “everybody has to do more”.

Australia is a prosperous and generous nation and our Government should do all it can to assist this humanitarian crisis while it is still possible to contain this Ebola outbreak.

Labor supported the Government’s $8 million in financial contributions, but believes the crisis now demands Australia go further and support specialised personnel who wish to contribute to tackle this rapidly escalating crisis.

 

 

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STATEMENT - Visit to India

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS & INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

SENATOR LISA SINGH

SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER

LABOR SENATOR FOR TASMANIA

STATEMENT

VISIT TO INDIA

 MONDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2014

The Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, Tanya Plibersek, and Senator Lisa Singh will visit India this week.

Ms Plibersek and Senator Singh will meet with senior ministers, officials, academics, and non-government organisations.

India is one of Australia’s closest international partners and friends.

We cooperate on everything from education and research to defence and counter-terrorism.

And there are around 400,000 people of Indian ancestry living in Australia today who are significant contributors to our vibrant, successful multicultural society.

Australian Labor has a proud history of friendship with India stretching back as far as the Chifley Government’s close engagement with a newly independent India.

More recently, the Rudd and Gillard Labor Governments elevated the relationship to an official Strategic Partnership.

Ms Plibersek and Ms Singh will use their visit to strengthen and deepen the relationship between our two great nations.

 

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OPINION PIECE - Australia's Involvement in Iraq

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 

OPINION PIECE

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GUARDIAN, 18 SEPTEMBER 2014

 

AUSTRALIA’S INVOLVEMENT IN IRAQ

  

On the sixth of April, 1994, Hutu extremists began a shocking genocide of ethnic minorities in Rwanda.  The world condemned it, but took no action.  Just 100 days later, 800 000 people had been senselessly slaughtered.

Now, twenty years on, we grapple with the evil of ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria.  But this time, I am hopeful that as an international community we won’t look back and say we did nothing in the face of mass atrocity crimes.

There are confirmed instances of IS engaging in widespread ethnic and religious cleansing, targeted killings, forced conversions, abductions, human trafficking, slavery, sexual abuse, and the besieging of entire communities.  There are reports of thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths, thousands injured and almost two million people who have fled their homes.  These reports are so serious that the United Nations Human Rights Council has authorised an investigation into mass atrocity crimes in Iraq.

The horror of Rwanda and similar tragedies have caused the world to consider what our responsibility is to protect civilians where their own government is unwilling or unable to.  What emerged was a new international doctrine: the ‘responsibility to protect’.

Former Labor foreign minister, Gareth Evans, championed this idea, and its acceptance by the UN.

He uses a set of criteria to judge when ‘responsibility to protect’ should apply. On the current question of Iraq, these principles provide Labor a very useful framework to help guide whether we support Australian involvement – both now and into the future.

The criteria include whether there is just cause, the right intention, whether it’s a last resort, the action has legitimate authority, is proportionate, and has a reasonable prospect of success.

On the current information, Labor’s assessment is that these criteria have been met for Iraq.  Australia and the world have a ‘responsibility to protect’ and an obligation to act.

When Australians hear their government talk of involvement in Iraq they have good reason to be cautious.

The disaster of the 2003 invasion colours every debate. And we should never forget its lessons.

As I said in a letter presented to then US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice back in 2003 – the Bush administration, the Blair administration, and our own Howard administration rushed in.  They went in on the basis of false claims about Weapons of Mass Destruction, and before weapons inspectors had time to complete their work.

The result? Nearly a decade of conflict, hundreds of thousands dead, and significant instability in the region.

In the context of this history, it is right that people urge caution now.

While history should inform our actions, it should not cloud a sober assessment of the facts of the current situation.  The situation today is very different from 2003.

In 2003, Australia was one of four countries to take action in Iraq.  Today, we’re one of about forty, including many countries from the Middle East, and countries that did not sign up to the 2003 invasion.

In 2003 we went in against the wishes of the government of Iraq and against the wishes of many Iraqis.  Today we’ve been asked by the democratically elected government of Iraq to help fight off an immediate threat to its citizens – and action has the backing of the UN Secretary-General.

In 2003, the objectives of our intervention in Iraq were flimsy.  Today the clear objective is to help the Iraqi government protect innocent civilians from mass atrocity crimes.

Labor has supported Australia’s involvement so far.  But that support comes with important considerations.

We’ve been clear that we do not support the deployment of Australian ground combat units to directly engage in fighting IS.

We believe Australia’s military involvement in Iraq should continue only as long as is necessary to place the Iraqi government and its forces in a position to take full and effective responsibility for their own security.

We believe if the Iraqi government and its forces adopt policies or engage in actions that are unacceptable to Australia, or if our involvement is ineffective – our support should cease.

And as an important accountability, if Australia’s engagement was to continue beyond a matter of weeks, Labor will ask the Prime Minister to formally update the parliament at least every three months.  Each update should detail what our efforts have achieved and what progress we have made towards the conclusion of our involvement.

The conflict in Syria has fed the rise of IS.

Around 200,000 people have been killed in Syria.  The scale of the humanitarian disaster has seen the impacts spill over into the region.  More than 9 million displaced Syrians have to go somewhere, and that has seen neighbours such as Lebanon and Jordan take in millions of refugees.

But Labor does not support taking action in Syria similar to that being taken in Iraq.  There is no clear evidence that such Australian involvement could successfully provide relief to the humanitarian crisis that is occurring in Syria.  It’s not clear which of the forces on the ground we could support.  And there is no clear international support or authority for that kind of action.

Our immediate efforts in Syria should focus on increased humanitarian assistance, and the international community should continue to work, including through the Security Council, to end the fighting in Syria.

The UN has called for $6.5 billion in aid for the Syria crisis, the largest ever appeal for funds.  Australia, under the Coalition, has pledged just $30 million or so in aid – a sadly inadequate response to an enormous humanitarian need.  And we have agreed to take just 2,200 refugees from Syria and 2,200 from Iraq (as part of our regular intake) when millions are displaced from their homes.

Labor believes Australia should be doing more.  We can give greater financial support.  We can take more refugees from the region.  In Government Labor increased the humanitarian refugee program to 20,000 places.

The Abbott Government took a backward step and cut our humanitarian program to 13,750 places.  This limits Australia’s ability as a good global citizen in times like this to be able to assist people fleeing violence and persecution.
Certainly, Labor believes the intake of 4,400 refugees from Iraq and Syria announced by the Government should be in addition to the existing 13,750 places in its scaled back humanitarian program.

As a party of social justice and compassion, Labor believes there are circumstances where Australia has a responsibility to protect.  The current situation in Iraq is one such circumstance.

Labor will work constructively with the Government, but as an opposition we also have a responsibility to question – to carefully scrutinise the approach put forward by the Government.

We’ll look at the facts and make sensible judgments at every step.  Labor’s Shadow National Security Committee is meeting regularly to carefully work through these complex, difficult issues.

National security is above politics, but such important decisions are never beyond question, interrogation, or criticism.  We have supported debate in the Parliament and will continue to do so.  We have also requested the Government keep the Australian people abreast of the circumstances and the effectiveness of our involvement.

The decision to send Australian men and women into harm’s way should never be taken lightly, and Labor never will.

Our responsibility to the people of Iraq is to ensure any action Australia is involved in leaves the place better, not worse.

On the current facts, Labor sees no option but to act.  To do otherwise could condemn innocent Iraqis to the same fate as the 800,000 Rwandans brutally murdered in just 100 days, two decades ago.

ENDS

 

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STATEMENT - Visit to India

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS & INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 

SENATOR LISA SINGH

SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER

LABOR SENATOR FOR TASMANIA

 

STATEMENT

 

VISIT TO INDIA

 

THURSDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 2014

The Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, Tanya Plibersek, and Senator Lisa Singh will travel to India next week.

Ms Plibersek and Senator Singh will meet with senior ministers, officials, academics, and non-government organisations.

India is one of Australia’s closest international partners and friends.

We cooperate on everything from education and research to defence and counter-terrorism.

And there are around 400,000 people of Indian ancestry living in Australia today who are significant contributors to our vibrant, successful multicultural society.

Australian Labor has a proud history of friendship with India stretching back as far as the Chifley Government’s close engagement with a newly independent India.

More recently, the Rudd and Gillard Labor Governments elevated the relationship to an official Strategic Partnership.

Ms Plibersek and Ms Singh will use their visit to strengthen and deepen the relationship between our two great nations.

 

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