Joint statement by the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand – comments from Zoe Daniel, community independent, member for Goldstein:
The Hamas’ terrorist attacks on October 7, as the Prime Ministers emphasise, were “heinous acts of violence … including sexual violence”.
I have condemned the attacks and the barbaric behaviour publicly and repeatedly.
I have publicly and repeatedly supported Israel’s right to defend itself within the international rules of war and international humanitarian law.
I have publicly and repeatedly called for the unconditional release of hostages and for Hamas to stop using civilians as human shields.
However, as the three Prime Ministers say:
“We are alarmed at the diminishing safe space for civilians in Gaza. The price of defeating Hamas cannot be the continuous suffering of all Palestinian citizens.
“We remain deeply concerned by the scale of the humanitarian crisis and the ongoing risks to all Palestinian citizens. Safe and unimpeded humanitarian access must be increased and sustained.”
As winter comes to Gaza, the humanitarian crisis will worsen. We cannot simply stand and watch. Australia and other nations must send further targeted aid to support civilians, especially women and children.
My absolute priority is the security, safety, and wellbeing of our Jewish community in Goldstein, and for social cohesion.
It is in that light that I endorse the statement from our Prime Minister and the two Prime Ministers of like-minded nations and senior members of the Commonwealth.
As the scale of death in Gaza rises, Israel risks losing support both internationally and here at home with consequences for the Jewish community.
Care and anguish for the Jewish people and the people of Gaza can coexist. In that context I welcome Australia’s vote for ceasefire this morning at the UN Security Council.