Anthony Albanese and Peter Dutton launch attack on Greens over Gaza protests

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Anthony Albanese accused the Greens of “deliberately and knowingly” spreading misinformation about the war in Gaza and called on MPs to condemn protests against MPs’ offices.

When asked by independent MP Sophie Scamps about voters’ concerns about social cohesion, Albanese said communities across Australia were “dismayed” by events in the Middle East.

“Each of us has a responsibility to ensure the safety of our community. Social cohesion is a national asset for all of us. We all have a responsibility to maintain and defend it,” Albanese told MPs.

“It is unacceptable that some members of the Green Party knowingly and intentionally spread misinformation by attending demonstrations, appearing outside their offices and knowingly distorting motions tabled in this Parliament.”

The offices of several senior Labor MPs and the US consulate in Victoria have been vandalised by pro-Palestinian protesters in recent weeks. Among other things, the facade of Justice Minister Mark Dreyfus’ constituency office in Melbourne was sprayed with red paint.

Some elected officials have reportedly asked for security advice and closed their offices due to security concerns.

Referring to the attacks on MPs’ offices, Albanese said the aspirations of the Palestinian community were being “undermined” by people engaging in activities that “completely alienate the Australian public”.

“It is completely unacceptable that people are being targeted because they are Jewish or because they disagree with some of the Netanyahu government’s measures,” he said.

“As policymakers, we have a responsibility to lower the temperature – not to raise it.”

In a speech calling for leniency, Opposition Leader Dutton backed Mr Albanese’s call and condemned protesters’ attacks on MPs, describing the reported rise in anti-Semitism as “totally unacceptable”.

The chairman of the Greens, Adam Bandt, condemned the debate as a “desperate attempt to distract and The Labor Party was complicit in the invasion and supported it.”

“I will not listen to people who supported the invasion of Gaza lecturing me about peace and violence. Children are dying because the Israelis have caused a famine,” he said.

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