Reflections on the passing of Bob Hawke

ACCORDING to his biographer Blanche d’Alpuget, who subsequently became his wife, for Bob Hawke: “Israel – sung about, spoken of, yearned for – glowed as a portentous presence at the heart of spiritual life.” As many have recorded, having visited Israel for the first time in 1971, he then immediately developed an uncanny affinity with…

70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations with Israel, Parliament of Australia, Hon. Michael Danby MHR, 20 February 2019

What a momentous 70 years it’s been, particularly with the Australia- Israel relationship. As the Leader of the Opposition noted yesterday, it was the first foreign policy decision of Australia in the post World War II world where Australia struck out independently from Britain in foreign policy. Of course, the British abstained on the partition…

70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations with Israel, Parliament of Australia, Maria Vamvakinou MHR, 20 February 2019

I’m pleased to be making a statement today on the 70th anniversary of Australia’s diplomatic relationship with Israel. I refer to the opposition leader’s speech in the parliament yesterday in which he referred to the personal connections that members of this House and Australians in general share with the people and nation of Israel. READ…