This amendment ensures Labor’s Platform will replicate the National Conference decision of 2018.
It has no greater or lesser weight.
It reflects our belief that Israelis and Palestinians deserve to prosper in peace behind secure and recognised borders.
It reflects our belief that a true friend of Israel is a true friend of the rights of Palestinians to statehood.
And it reflects the Leader’s longstanding position that any lasting resolution to the Middle East conflict cannot be at the expense of either Palestinians or Israelis.
And it reflects Conference’s prior expression of its view on statehood, whilst recognising this is a decision for a future Labor government.
An Albanese Labor Government will take a principled approach to these issues.
I know this is an issue about which many in our party care deeply.
I acknowledge the depth and sincerity so many bring to this, and thank advocates from all perspectives who, for the most part have demonstrated a maturity and collectivity.
I particularly want to thank Richard Marles, Misha Zelinsky, Tony Burke and Wendy Turner for their leadership.
Ultimately, we all share a hope for a just and enduring two state solution.
Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.