Senate debates

Tuesday, 5 December 2017


Israel: Relocation of Australian Embassy

3:38 pm

Photo of James PatersonJames Paterson (Victoria, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

by leave—I want to rise just very briefly to say why I've tabled this petition today on behalf of Australian Christians for Israel, a community group in Australia that has organised a petition signed by 8,133 Australians calling on the Australian government to move our embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This group is a fantastic community group in Australia led by Keith Buxton and Ian Worby. It works with Christian communities across Australia but also with the Jewish community and secular supporters of Israel to advocate for a strong relationship between Australia and Israel, and for the Australian government to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognising that Jerusalem is, was and always will be Israel's eternal capital.