Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today challenged former Prime Minister Hawke and myself on what sort of Palestinian state we would recommend Israel recognise.
I have a simple reply to Mr Netanyahu : The boundaries, internal security, external security, public finance and governance of a Palestinian state have been elaborated in detail in multiple negotiations with the US under the Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations, most recently in the Kerry Plan. Mr. Netanyahu knows these formulations like the back of his hand. Mr. Netanyahu also knows he has torpedoed each of them, often at five minutes to midnight, often by changing the goalposts, to the enduring frustration of both Republican and Democrat Administrations.
I have been a supporter of Israel all my life. And a public campaigner against any form of anti-Semitism. But to support the state of Israel does not mandate automatic support for each and every policy of Mr. Netanyahu. The state of Israel and Mr. Netanyahu are not co-definitional. That is why I beg to differ on this and other aspects of Mr Netanyahu's policies.
For example, I also have a simple question for Mr. Netanyahu. Will he use this visit to Australia to apologise to the Australian people for his government using forged Australian passports to facilitate an Israeli assassination of a member of Hamas in Dubai?
No apology has ever been received for that action which had the consequence of putting the integrity of Australian passports and the security of Australian passport holders travelling to the Middle East at risk.
Cory Bernardi has made an important contribution to our public life and I deeply regret his decision to leave the Liberal Party.
While Cory and I have sometimes disagreed I’m disappointed that more effort has not been made to keep our party united.
The Liberal Party needs more people, like Cory, who believe that freer citizens will make a fairer society and a stronger country and who are prepared to speak out and make a difference.
No government entirely satisfies all of its supporters. This is not an argument to leave; it’s a reason to stay in and fight more effectively for the things we believe in.
I appeal to everyone who wants smaller, stronger government and who wants a freer, fairer country to continue to support the Liberals because that is the only way to improve our party, our government and our country.
Every once in a while we put together one of our features, a collection of photos that showcase our beautiful State, and we literally pinch ourselves every time we look at an image… today is one of those days!
We begin with an introduction to one of the locals at Hazards Beach. From there we see a sunrise at the Tessellated Pavement, stare in amazement at Tasman Island from The Blade, take in a magical view over Wineglass Bay and visit the lesser known jewel of Tassie’s east coast.
We also visit Narawntapu National Park, take in a truly beautiful view on Maria Island, stop by our south-west coast and wonder at the artistry in nature.
Oh and did we mention we have a date with the beautiful Cape Queen Elizabeth :) There are of course plenty more places to also include in your next Tassie adventure
You can inbox us your photos or post to our wall - then we can share them with the world! If you are on instagram you can tag us via either of our accounts #TasmaniaGram or #InstaTasmania #Tasmania
Leon dreams of being an actual athlete were shattered when he realised that when it came to actual sport, he sucked worse than a bucktoothed Amish girl with braces.
He personified an uninspiring motivational quote on an unsuccessful person’s timeline. Perhaps if he’d paid more attention in Sports Science he may have wormed his way into physiotherapy by now.
Alas, Leon’s boner for gainz swoled up like the attention sponge used to soak up the approval of everyone else who believes a gym membership gives you the right to give unsolicited updates on your fucking abs.
Leon also struggles with the difference between a sponsorship and owning a protein shaker. He would like you to believe that the Mutated Nation protein shaker he holds up in ⅓ of his photos sponsor him but in reality, he is sponsored by a part time job at a sports apparel outlet and his parents fleeting generosity.
Feeling inspired? Probably not, but Leon has the medicine for what ails ya: a gym selfie cocktail with a dash of motivational quote, a hint of smug and a squeeze of desperation for a local supplements store to notice him:
“Leon has checked in at Fitness First: sorry if my gym check in reminds you of how lazy you are :P Just playing *stupid cunt emojis* Today is legs day, never forget legs day *more stupid cunt emojis* #swole #gainz #helifts #fitspo #abs #yamirin #legsday”.
Then, just when you were feeling so inspired you were going to climb Mount Cunt-erest, he hits ya with a motivational quote, you didn’t even have to pay for his seminar!
“For me lifting is like water, it flows through me and I need it to grow. So stop wanting to be the person you want to be and flourish into the person you want to be. Also creatine powder from my boys at bulging blue vein supplements, go see Karl he’ll sort you out.”
Firstly, he sounds like a fucking plant and secondly most of us have already taken this advice, by at least not being the person that he is.
Unfortunately, he doesn’t get many likes on his Instagram post. He is the fucking LeBron James of average weights techniques, how dare people not notice.
So it’s on to plan b: the meal prep shot. His mother has grown to despise meal prep day, because that is the day all her expensive Tupperware is used to demonstrate the athleticism of portioning boiled chicken and broccoli.
“Abs are made in the kitchen. Real champions plan ahead and eat right #mealprep #protein #portion #mumstupperware #ispent5hoursonthispost #steamedchickentastelikeshit”
Like Grant Hackett, Leon has jumped off the deep end. The healthy life is virtuous, but the only Olympic event that Leon will ever participate is the shirtless 5 pinga shelving medley at a turbo infested music festival.
"Great night on shift tonight with some new friends off the street and a great group of new volunteers. At the end of shift I went and filled up the van. I went in to pay, a lady before me paid for her fuel and said I want to pay for yours Mr Orange Sky, I said thank you so much for your kind gesture towards Orange Sky and also supporting our friends we support on the streets.
She started to cry and said "You know something, I was there once.""
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