14 October 2013

Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Leader of the Labor Party

Given her elevation to 2IC in the Labor party, it's timely to recall the following from Hansard, Tuesday, 17 September 2002:
Speaker Plibersek, Tanya, MP

Ms PLIBERSEK (Sydney) (9.50 pm)— I do not support an attack on Iraq. I particularly do not support a pre-emptive first strike. Nor do I support any action that is initiated by the US alone rather than being sanctioned by the United Nations....  the US response is governed by selfinterest and not by universal principles. This leads to hypocrisy.

I can think of a rogue state which consistently ignores UN resolutions, whose ruler is a war criminal responsible for the massacres of civilians in refugee camps outside its borders. The US supports and funds this country. This year it gave it a blank cheque to continue its repression of its enemies. It uses US military hardware to bulldoze homes and kill civilians. It is called Israel, and the war criminal is Ariel Sharon.

Needless to say, the US does not mention the UN resolutions that Israel has ignored for 30 years; it just continues sending the money...