Bill's Speeches

STATEMENT ON INDULGENCE: RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS - CANBERRA - TUESDAY, 27 MARCH 2018

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On indulgence, Mr Speaker, I acknowledge the communication from both the Prime Minister and the security agencies this morning to the Opposition to brief us on the decision to expel these two Russian diplomats, so-called, from Australia. 

I think it is important that all Australians know that when matters such as this arise, it doesn't matter which party is in government or opposition, leaders work together. 

Labor supports this decision. We think it appropriate, we think it proportionate, we think it right for Australia to stand together with our friends in the United Kingdom and the international community. 

Mr Speaker

In conclusion, we have not forgotten 2014, we have not forgotten the 38 Australians who were murdered on flight MH17. 

I acknowledge Prime Minister Abbott for standing up for Australia then, with our support, and we must continue to stand up to thuggery and criminality on the international stage. 

President Putin and his government must understand there are real consequences for engaging in attacks on foreign soil and refusing to tell the truth about them

The global community is united on this, and so is the Parliament of Australia.


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