Senate debates

Thursday, 8 February 2024

Questions without Notice

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

2:57 pm

Photo of Claire ChandlerClaire Chandler (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Shadow Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Wong. In Senate estimates last June, the coalition raised questions about education materials promoting antisemitism, glorification of violence and martyrdom being used in UNRWA schools. DFAT told the committee it had made representations to UNRWA about its neutrality and that:

UNRWA has obligations written into its contracts requiring it to undertake due diligence and risk management activities … we work with them on governance mechanisms to ensure that they comply with that.


… Australia assesses UNRWA's performance yearly …

Minister, how did you assure yourself that UNRWA had met its contractual obligations to not allow funds to support terrorism and extremism before you authorised the full $20 million to be paid by January 2024?


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