Submissions

Catastrophic Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza - call for urgent ceasefire

Ministerial Correspondence, 21 November 2023
To Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs

I am writing to you in relation to the deepening humanitarian crisis in Gaza, which has triggered an unprecedented level of concern in my community.

The volume of emails I have received from constituents in my community demanding the government call for an urgent ceasefire is greater, by several orders of magnitude, than the volume of emails relating to any other issue in my time in office.

Overwhelmingly, a majority of this correspondence is asking me, as the representative for North Sydney, to do everything in my power to urge the Australian Government to call for the immediate release of all hostages, an urgent humanitarian ceasefire, and to facilitate aid agencies to get the necessary aid into Gaza, including esssential medical equipment. It is on this basis that I write to you.

In doing so, I note that the following countries, international humanitarian agencies and religious leaders have issued the same urgent call:

  • United Nations
  • France
  • Spain
  • Ireland
  • World Health Organisation
  • Medecins Sans Frontieres
  • Unicef
  • Save the Children
  • Oxfam
  • Caritas Internationalis
  • Amnesty
  • Human Rights Watch
  • The International Red Cross and Red Crescent
  • The Committee to Protect Journalists
  • His Holiness Pope Francis
  • The Most Reverend Archbishop of Canterbury

I know that the urgings of the Australian Government may have little impact on the actions of other international states. But our urgings will reinforce this country's commitment to international humanitarian law, and be heard loudly by multicultural Australians, and humanitarians who care deeply about all life .

I ask you, respectfully, at this fraught time, to consider strengthening our country's calls for an urgent ceasefire.

Kylea Tink
Independent Member for North Sydney

Previous statements on Gaza

Joint statement on integrity and autonomy of ICC

Ministerial Correspondence, 5 June 2024

Kylea has signed a joint statement urging the Australian Government to publicly support the ICC's work and enable independent judicial processes to operate free from political interference and threat of punishment.

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Statement on motion to recognise the state of Palestine

Media release, 29 May 2024

Kylea has abstained from voting on a motion in the House of Representatives that she believes would not meaningfully assist the people of Gaza or Israel, nor support social cohesion in Australia when it is most needed.

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Joint Statement on Humanitarian Assistance in Gaza

Ministerial Correspondence, 29 February 2024

Kylea has signed a joint statement calling for the Australian Government to urgently find a way forward to deliver humanitarian aid to UNWRA in Gaza.

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Question to PM about funding for UNWRA in Gaza

House of Representatives, 28 February 2024

Social Cohesion

House of Representatives, 16 November 2023

Catastrophic Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza - call for urgent ceasefire

Ministerial Correspondence, 21 November 2023

Kylea has written to Foreign Minister Penny Wong urging the Australian Government to call for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

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Statement on Middle East conflict & Parliamentary Motion

Media release, 18 October 2023

Statement on Middle East conflict & Parliamentary Motion.

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