Rescission motion put forward

Maribyrnong Councillor Anthony Tran has moved a rescission motion from the last council meeting. (Damjan Janevski) 264038_01

Three Maribyrnong councillors want to rescind a motion by Maribyrnong council to support peace in Gaza and Palestine.

At the November 21 council meeting, it was resolved that council mourns the tragic and horrific loss of civilian lives in the current conflict and condemning all attacks that target civilians.

Some of the other recommendations included recognising the constant bombing and the total siege of Gaza is traumatising for many Maribyrnong residents who have relatives in the region or have come from war-torn countries.

Councillors Anthony Tran, Cuc Lam and Michael Clarke have since put a recission motion into the chief executive which will be considered at the next council meeting. It will be considered at the next council meeting.

Councillors Lam, Clarke and Sarah Carter all voted against the motion at the November 21 meeting, while all other councillors, including Cr Tran voted in support of the motion.

As part of the motion, the councillors recommended it received a report to explore options for the council to cancel contracts with companies that support Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine or profit from it, especially companies which supply equipment to the Israeli Defence Force.

It also committed to raising the Palestinian flag at the Braybrook Community Hub in the week following December 10, which marks International Human Rights Day.

The council motion also included writing to the prime minister and foreign minister strongly condemn the war crimes being carried out by Israel against the Palestinians in Gaza and call for an immediate ceasefire and end to Israel’s indiscriminate bombing.

Jennifer Pittorino