Albert Dadon’s Australia Israel Leadership Forum will host the largest Australian parliamentary delegation to Israel in December.
17 members of the House of Representatives and Senate will take part in the delegation to be led by Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd.
Labor Ministers participating will include Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, Industry Minister Kim Carr, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture Mike Kelly, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles and Labor MPs Michael Danby and Bill Shorten.
Deputy Leader of the Opposition Julie Bishop will represent the Liberal Party together with Christopher Pyne, Andrew Robb, George Brandis, Kevin Andrews, Brett Mason, Mitch Fifield, Steven Ciobo and Guy Barnett.
The ABC will send political editor Chris Uhlmann who will join The Australian’s Greg Sheridan, The Australian Financial Review’s Tony Walker, Steve Lewis [News Limited] and the Sydney Morning Herald’s Lenore Taylor.
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd
Dadon told media that the high number of participants “is testimony of the goodwill that exists between Australia and Israel.”
Dadon said that all participants would pay their own fares and his organisation would meet the expenses in Israel itself with the exception of the Ministers who would meet their own.
Dadon added that the delegation would attend a special function at Yad Vashem to honour the memory of William Cooper, an Aboriginal who lead a delegation to the German Consulate in Melbourne in 1938 to protest against Kristellnacht.
The demonstration is the only one against Kristellnacht recorded world wide. A special Chair to study Holocaust resistance will be dedicated to honour Cooper.