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

Anthony Albanese accused the Greens of “deliberately and knowingly” spreading disinformation about the war in Gaza and asked MPs to condemn the protests against parliamentary offices.

Responding to a question from independent MP Sophie Scamps about voters’ concerns about social cohesion, Mr Albanese said communities across Australia were “distressed” by events unfolding in the Middle East.

“Each of us is responsible for the safety of our community. Social cohesion is the national wealth of all of us. We all have a responsibility to support and defend,” Mr Albanese told MPs.

“It is unacceptable that disinformation is being knowingly and deliberately spread by some members of the Greens who have been involved in the demonstrations, out of office and knowingly misrepresenting the proposals that have been passed in this Parliament.”

Pro-Palestinian protesters have vandalized the offices of several prominent Labor MPs and the US consulate in Victoria in recent weeks, including Attorney General Mark Dreyfus, who spray-painted the front of his constituency office in Melbourne in red.

Some elected representatives were reported to have requested a security advisory and closed their offices in response to concerns about their security.

When he mentioned the attacks on deputies’ offices, Mr. Mr Albanese said the aspirations of the Palestinian community were being “undermined” by people engaging in activities that “totally alienate the Australian public”.

“Criticizing people because they are Jewish, because people will not agree with some of the actions of the Netanyahu government, is completely unacceptable,” he said.

“As political leaders, we have a responsibility to lower the temperature – not stoke it.”

Speaking about leniency, Opposition Leader Dutton backed Mr Albanese’s call and condemned protesters targeting MPs, calling the reported rise in anti-Semitism “totally unacceptable”.

Greens leader Adam Bandt condemned the debate as “a desperate attempt to distract and divert attention from Labor complicity and support for the invasion.”

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

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