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Lake Mac Greens candidate: ‘Tell the truth about Gaza, Mr Conroy’

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Lake Macquarie Greens candidate Bryce Ham says it’s time federal MP for Shortland Pat Conroy came clean on Australia’s involvement on the conflict in Gaza. 

The 20-year-old climate activist and urban planning enthusiast believes the nation should play no role in supporting the genocide taking place in the troublesome area, especially with the supply of weapons. 

He is calling on Mr Conroy to ensure the community that Australia is not complicit. 

“I am aware of four Lake Macquarie residents visiting our federal MP for Shortland to ask him as Defence Industries Minister about Australia provisioning Israel in its latest war on Palestine,” says Mr Ham. 

“Mr Conroy said Australia was not providing weaponry to Israel.  

“The group had relied on information provided by Senator David Shoebridge regarding this, and Mr Conroy told them the senator had misconstrued his words. 

“The ongoing destruction of Gaza is shocking.  

“Tens of thousands of civilians have been killed. Many, many more maimed. 

“There are reports of torture camps, an extermination strategy, and numerous mass graves.  

“The atrocities could be even worse however Israel continues to prevent the world’s media from entering Palestine. 

“Australians in their thousands are horrified by what they are witnessing. It is imperative that our country plays no part in this genocide.” 

Mr Ham says he is aware of government contracts linked with the manufacture of military vehicles and connections with Israel and the war on Gaza. 

“The United Nations has called for an end to the supply of arms to Israel, and many countries have already agreed (for example Canada, Japan, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium among others),” he added. 

“The UN has specifically mentioned Australia and asked us to stop military exports to Israel.  

“If we aren’t doing that as Mr Conroy says, then why would the UN single us out? 

“I stand with Lake Macquarie residents in calling on the Australian Government to join the international community on the right side of history. 

“Is it the case that Australia is providing weapon components to Israel and our tax dollars are helping kill people, burying families under rubble, destroying hospitals, universities and schools, murdering journalists, teachers and academics? 

“We need to hear the truth, Mr Conroy. 

“Is Australia complicit?”

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