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Turnbull must refuse help in Trump’s Iran sabre rattling: Di Natale

Leader of the Australian Greens Richard Di Natale has today condemned reports Australia may be providing assistance to the United States in preparation for an attack on Iran.

“Under no circumstances can Australia be dragged into more bloodshed in the Middle East just to please the United States,” Dr Richard Di Natale said.

“If Trump attacks Iran, we risk seeing a repeat of the Iraq War catastrophe that saw the senseless killing of hundreds of thousands of innocent people, destabilised an entire region and has only resulted in further conflict.

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Labor party joins Abbott government in weak position on illegal settlements

Greens Leader Christine Milne has expressed disappointment at a likely split within the Labor party, on the use of the UN accepted term ‘Occupied Palestinian Territories' for the illegal settlements built after 1967, which contravene the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The Labor party blocked a Greens-Xenophon motion calling on the Foreign Affairs Minister to publically acknowledge these facts.

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Greens condemn backdown on illegal settlements

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has spoken out against the increasingly weak position of the Abbott government regarding the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine over the occupied territories.

"This is an outrageous backdown by the Abbott government. It is inflammatory behaviour and at odds with the peace process," Senator Milne said.

"The use of the term ‘Occupied Palestinian Territories' is the accepted term used by the UN. The Israeli settlements built after 1967 are illegal. The settlements contravene the Fourth Geneva Convention.

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Rajapaksa's praise is Australia's shame

The Australian Greens are rejecting praise from a visiting member of the Rajapaksa family, saying it was not a "bold move" to withhold support from a UN war crimes investigation, but rather a shameful demonstration that Australia is appeasing the government in Sri Lanka to further Tony Abbott's domestic policies on asylum seekers.

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