Conservative Party leader and South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi attempted to move a motion in the Senate similar to US President Donald Trump’s closing of the PLO’s Washington office and total defunding of the Palestinian Authority, because of lack of progress in peace negotiations. However, the motion was blocked by the Australian Senate.
Conservatives AU Senator Bernardi’s motion also notes that the PLO began operating as a terrorist organization 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.