בחירות 2013: מסר לקהילה הישראלית מטעם חבר הפרלמנט מייקל דנבי
לקראת הבחירות הקרבות בשבת הבאה, אנו מביאים לפניכם מסר שהעביר MP MICHAEL DANBY למערכת
הבהרה מטעם מערכת אוסראלים:
חבר הפרלמנט היהודי ממפלגת הלייבור, מייקל דנבי, נענה לבקשת “אוסראלים” וכתב מסר ישירות לציבור קוראי האתר, הבוחרים הישראלים ודוברי העברית באוסטרליה.
יובהר כי אתר אוסראלים אינו מביע תמיכה בצד כלשהו או במפלגה כזו או אחרת אלא מביא את המידע כפי שהוא.
במקביל, נעשתה פנייה לנציגי מפלגות אחרות. במידה ויגיבו, נפרסם גם את תגובתם.
ההודעה של מייקל דנבי מובאת כלשונה וככתבה ובשפת המקור אנגלית. מן הכתוב משתמע בברור כי מדובר בתעמולת בחירות, וממליצים לקרוא את הטקסט בעיניים ביקורתיות ובוחנות.
באותה עת, ישנה חשיבות בעינינו לתת במה להודעה כזו המכוונת ישירות לישראלים בעלי זכות בחירה באוסטרליה.
מבחינת התכנים שמופיעים במכתב שהעביר מייקל דנבי, ישנן כמה נקודות ייחודיות, בנוסף למסרים הקבועים של מפלגת הלייבור לבוחריה בנושאים דוגמת חינוך, רווחה, בריאות, כלכלה ועוד. במסגרת זו, בין היתר, מציין דנבי:
- את היחסים הקרובים של מפלגתו (לגרסתו) עם מדינת ישראל לאורך ההיסטוריה ולאחרונה.
- את הסיוע שהעניקה אוסטרליה בהנהגת הלייבור לקידוחי הגז הגדולים שהתגלו מול חוף ישראל.
- את פעילותו האישית נגד החרמת רשת השוקולד הישראלית “מקס ברנר” ובמסגרת הפרלמנט נגד שלוחות של חזבאללה באוסטרליה.
- את תמיכת אוסטרליה תחת הלייבור בפעילות במועצת הביטחון נגד תוכנית הגרעין האיראנית.
- את פעילותו למימון אבטחת בתי הספר היהודיים באוסטרליה.
- את מדיניות מפלגתו בנושא פעולה נגד אנטישמיות.
בסוף דבריו, מגדיר דנבי את תמיכתו במדינת ישראל “כחלק מה-DNA שלי”.
להלן הטקסט לשיפוטכם:
(From The Hon. Michael Danby MP)
Dear Dr Porat,
Thank you for this opportunity to address the concerns of the many Israeli born citizens who are eligible to vote in the coming election. No matter where you see your long term future, it is indeed remarkable to have the right to vote in both an adopted country and a country of birth. Therefore I want to address you on two levels, both as voters with the same concerns as all Australian citizens, and as citizens of the State of Israel.
I have no doubt that the economic welfare of Australia will be high on the agenda of your considerations in this election. On that ground alone I am certain a vote for Labor is a vote for your future and the future of your families. Governments can best be judged by their performance in difficult domestic and international conditions, and certainly the Labor Government was faced with the worst international economic conditions in generations when it attained office before the Global Financial Crisis. Despite the catastrophic international economic conditions, Australia’s economy is now over 14 per cent larger than 2007, when Labor came to power, while many advanced economies are struggling to return to pre-Global Financial Crisis levels.
We have created one million jobs since 2007, and though unemployment is still too high, it is historically low and far smaller than any comparable Western economy. We have low
inflation and low interest rates that make housing more affordable, in fact the average Australian pays nearly $6000 a year less in mortgage costs than when we came to government.
I know that it will be of particular interest to many Israeli entrepreneurs and businesspersons that our time in Government has seen record business investment in Australia. This is why we have been able to make the social reforms and investments that underpin our a productive future, especially the groundbreaking Better Schools Plan (Gonski) reforms that will not only see our country finally adopt a fairer school funding system that fosters all students, both public and private, but also creates the environment that will allow all our children to build a smarter nation that is less reliant on resources and takes advantage of a more robust education system. Apart from increased funding to public schools, the Better Schools Plan will deliver more than $1 billion additional funding for Australia’s independent schools, including Jewish schools across the country. Labor will also continue the capital grants program for non-government schools with around $140 million in 2014 and more than $772 million through to 2019.
The alternative is the savage cuts promised by the Coalition that will worsen economic conditions, damage the real growth we have achieved and inhibit the business investment that secures our future. It is no wonder that the Coalition refuses to release its costings until the last minute before the election. They know their plans are best kept in the shadows long enough to ensure they cannot be properly analysed.
On the issue of Israel, and our relationship with Israel, I know that Labor is the right party to help Israel achieve all that it can within secure borders. Our friendship with Israel goes back to its founding when Labor’s Dr. H.V. Evatt helped introduce [UN] Resolution 181, which facilitated Israel’s statehood. You may not know that Australia had the privilege to cast a vote the first vote in the UN to establish the State of Israel.
Labor has continued to foster that lasting relationship, and inspire the confidence of Israelis that they have a true friend in Australia. This was brought home to me starkly when, on one of my many trips to Israel, and accompanied by Bill Shorten, Prime Minister Netanyahu engaged us about the possibility of Australian co operation in the development of Israeli offshore gas fields. Today, aided by the vigorous assistance of the Labor Government, the exploration of Israel’s off-shore Leviathan liquid natural gas fields is being planned in tandem with Australia’s Woodside Petroleum. Earlier in August its chief executive Peter Coleman stated that “The opportunity to buy in to a resource like Leviathan is a once-in-a-decade opportunity. It is one of the largest recent gas discoveries worldwide, ideally located to produce gas for Israel’s domestic market and export to Asia, Europe and neighbouring pipeline customers.”
Like most Israelis, Labor supports a peace deal with Palestinians based on a two State solution that secures Israel’s internationally recognised borders. It was Labor that promoted Australia’s seat on the UN Security Council, despite Coalition opposition, and thanks to that successful effort we are now in a position to advance the current negotiations. We are also in a position to have real influence on the question of the Iranian nuclear program, which Israel has recognised as an existential threat to its existence. Apart from autonomous sanctions, the Labor government fully implements four UNSC resolutions (1737, 1747, 1803 and 1929) imposing sanctions that include the supply of dual use goods and services to Iran and financial sanctions. A nuclear armed Iran is not only a threat to Israel’s survival, it is a also a strategic threat to the international community.
You may remember my hot chocolate ‘sit ins’ in Max Brenner stores across the country, with leading personalities like Jana Wendt, Warren Mundine, Paul Howes, and Prime Minister Rudd, which have undermined the anti-Israel Boycott campaign. I organised these ‘sit-ins’ with leading personalities in every state including Deputy Prime Minister
Equally as a member of Parliaments Intelligence Committee no one has been more active in focusing our security agencies on the local challenges posed by Hezbollah and Sunni extremists travelling to and from Australia to participate in the Syrian conflict.
Since the 2010 election, I have worked in Government to deliver:
- $21 million dollars that have gone directly towards the increased safety of our Jewish Schools through the Secure Schools Program. Anyone who looks at Jewish schools now knows how much we have done to prevent attacks similar to the one in March last year on a Jewish school in Toulouse.
- The Federal Government signing the London Declaration on Combatting anti-Semitism, which was initiated by Former Prime Minister Gillard
- Australia contributed half a million dollars to the international fund to maintain the camps at Auschwitz- Birkenau for posterity. Both the Polish and Australian Governments have officially acknowledged my role ensuring that Canberra joined Israel, Germany, France and the US so the memorial is properly funded.
- Instating Raoul Wallenberg as Australia’s first honourary citizen in a ceremony hosted by the Governor General
- $65 million dollars in federal funding to schools throughout Melbourne Ports. Yavneh, Yeshiva, Adass, Sholem Aleichem, Bialik, King David and Mount Scopus have all built essential additions for their buildings.
I have enclosed my post below on the Secure Schools Program:
August 21: On Monday morning at Leibler Yavneh the Attorney General Mark Dreyfus joined me to announce the third round of funding for the Secure Schools Program. If re-elected Labor will provide a further $10 million to continue this vital funding program for another three years. The program provides grants to schools and preschools at risk of racial, religious or ethnically motivated violence.
In 2007, Prime Minister Rudd committed to $20 million for The Secure Schools Program. 2010 saw the second round of funding announced as $15 million was allocated including allowance for the protection of pre-schools. Through this Australian Government support, schools and preschools have been able to invest in fences, CCTV, and to fortify the schools so we don’t have a repeat of the terrible attack on the Jewish School in Toulouse. Appreciate the Australian Council of Jewish Schools praise:
“The ALP Federal Government is to be commended for this programme, its implementation, and the continued commitment to its availability for our schools.
Similarly we have maintained strong support for the enforcement and strengthening of the Racial Discrimination Act, which was enacted by the Labor Government in 1994. Shadow Attorney-General Senator George Brandis and Tony Abbott have indicated on several occasions their intent to repeal section 18C, which makes it illegal to vilify people because of their race, colour or national or ethnic origin. These provisions doe not inhibit free speech – they legislate against hate speech. For instance, these provisions have been used to prosecute Holocaust deniers. Similarly, the London Declaration on Combatting Anti-Semitism that was signed on behalf of our nation by the former Prime Minister in April this year, and Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has subsequently written to the Coalition to urge respect for the pledges to the London Declaration undertaken by Coalition MPs and therefore reject plans to repeal section 18C.
As I said recently, support for Israel is in my DNA. It is the great purpose of my life, together with my overwhelming desire to see Australia become everything is it can be. I am proud that as a Labor MP that those ideals so closely coincide.