27 November 2019

Senator GRIFF (South Australia) (15:52): Mr President, before moving general business notice of motion No. 279, I wish to inform the chamber that Senator O'Neill will also sponsor the motion. I, and also on behalf of Senator O'Neill, move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges that anti-Semitic attacks involving face-to-face interactions surged 30% in the year to September, according to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry's annual report on anti-Semitism;

(b) notes that incidents involving direct verbal anti-Semitic abuse, harassment and intimidation increased from 88 to 114, and graffiti attacks more than doubled from 46 to 95;

(c) further notes that, according to the report, anti-Semitic attacks have included physical assaults to abuse, harassment, vandalism and graffiti, threats via emails, letters, phone calls, posters, stickers and leaflets;

(d) repudiates all anti-Semitic attacks in Australia; and

(e) calls for increased Holocaust education in all Australian schools.

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