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Greens statement on bombings in Brussels

On behalf of the Australian Greens I wish to extend my most heartfelt condolences to the people of Brussels, particularly those who have lost loved ones in this awful, senseless attack.

We must all join in condemning such violent and criminal acts and must not allow fear to divide our community. 

At a time when peace and security are under threat around the world, we must come together, to ensure that the perpetrators of these terrible acts are brought to justice.

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Gantz discussion silenced in Senate

The government has today refused a formal Senate vote on the war record of former Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Force, the Australian Greens said today. 

"The Minister for Immigration has set a precedent for intervening in specific cases in recent times, but this one apparently can't even be discussed," Australian Greens Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Gantz discussion silenced in Senate

The government has today refused a formal Senate vote on the war record of the former Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Force, the Australian Greens said today. 

"The Minister for Immigration has set a precedent for intervening in specific cases in recent times, but this one apparently can't even be discussed," Australian Greens Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Gantz discussion silenced in Senate

The government has today refused a formal Senate vote on the war record of former Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Force, the Australian Greens said today. 

"The Minister for Immigration has set a precedent for intervening in specific cases in recent times, but this one apparently can't even be discussed," Australian Greens Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Motion: Benjamin Gantz, former Israel Defence Force Chief of General Staff

Senators Ludlam and Rhiannon: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Mr Benjamin Gantz, former Israel Defence Force (IDF) Chief of General Staff, is currently in Australia as a keynote speaker for United Israel Appeal events,

(ii) during his tenure as Chief of General Staff from 2011 to 2015, Mr Gantz led the IDF through numerous military campaigns, including Operation Protective Edge in Gaza from July to August 2014,

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Turnbull must follow Trudeau’s Lead

Australia must take the opportunity to follow the example set by Canada and withdraw our Air Force from the chaos in Syria, the Australian Greens said today.

"This Air Force deployment is a legacy of Tony Abbott's desperation to have a war of his own. As well as even further destabilising the region, it's a huge disservice to our military personnel. Each day of Malcolm Turnbull's indifference is another day of danger for these men and women," Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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