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Joint community statement regarding Prime Minister’s decision in relation to Senator Fatima Payman

Joint community statement regarding Prime Minister’s decision in relation to Senator Fatima Payman

1 July 2024 – 6:30am
Yesterday, Senator Fatima Payman was indefinitely suspended from the caucus by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese for voting with her conscience against genocide. Her stance was a commitment to justice and the right thing to do.
We fully support Senator Payman’s courageous stance in exercising her right to vote according to her conscience, representing the views of millions of fellow Australians.
The reprimand and targeting of Senator Fatima Payman by the Prime Minister is a desperate attempt to save face for failing to decisively speak against genocide and the killing of more than 40,000 Palestinians.
Political calculations and attempts to walk both sides have devastating consequences in Palestine and will ultimately end in failure.
Australians and millions across the world demand decisive action in the form of sanctions and an immediate stop to weapons trade and training. Australia is currently undertaking war games with the United States and Israel. Australia also just removed checks on defence exports to the USA and the UK, which both are key weapons suppliers to Israel.
The dreams and hopes of Palestinians are not any lesser than ours and those of our children.
A vote in the Senate to recognise Palestine as a state would have sent a strong message internationally and domestically.
The Australian Labor Party must echo the voices of the people it represents. This fundamental principle of representation has been abandoned in an effort to protect their positions. Party politics has clearly been allowed to dominate the voices of the people.
We call on Labor to recognise Palestinian statehood and implement military sanctions on Israel immediately.

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