No go for the PLO

October 15, 2018

Conservative Party leader and South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi is calling on the Federal Government to stop all aid payments to the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).

Senator Bernardi attempted to move a motion in the Senate this week to congratulate United States' President Donald Trump for closing the PLO's Washington office because of lack of progress in peace negotiations but was blocked by the Senate.

Senator Bernardi's motion also notes that the PLO began operating as a terrorist organisation targeting Israeli civilians in 1964 and embarked on the Second Intifada from 2000 to 2005 which claimed 4,000 lives.

The motion also calls on the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister to ensure that no Australian aid is ever supplied to the PLO. 

Senator Bernardi has long argued for cuts to foreign aid and for transparency in tracking every dollar spent and called for funding cuts to the Palestinian Authority in May.

Then Foreign Minister Julie Bishop terminated Australia's annual $10 million funding to the Palestinian Authority in July, but merely diverted those annual payments to another United Nations fund which still gets paid to those in the Palestinian Territory.

Immediately after formality was denied by the Senate, Senator Bernardi rose to condemn those blocking the motion.

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