The Australian

AUSTRALIA will not take part in a controversial United Nations anti-racism conference in Geneva this week.

The Federal Government’s decision to boycott the Durban Review conference was prompted by the outcome of the original event in 2001, which was marred by claims of anti-Semitism…

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith said the Geneva meeting reaffirms the 2001 outcomes, singling out Israel and the Middle East.

“Regrettably, we cannot be confident that the review conference will not again be used as a platform to air offensive views, including anti-Semitic views,”…

“…additional concern are the suggestions… to limit the universal right to free speech.”

Canada, Israel, Italy and the United States have also indicated that they will not participate.

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2 Responses to “Australia To Boycott UN Anti-Racism Conference”

  1. 1 phil (Sydney)

    Thanks goes to the Honorable Stephen Smith
    I don’t vote Labor but I certainly support this
    decision.
    Important to give credit when it is due

    Blessings CatchtheFire. Always great reading.

    Regards
    Phil – Sydney

  2. 2 Stewart Mills

    I was saddened that Australia failed to attend.

    It was the wrong decision.

    All countries at the conference agreed the Holocaust must never be forgotten (just as had been agreed in 2001).

    How do we show love for our neighbour if we don’t talk with them?

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