Australia is in the midst of a war on two fronts: the “war on drugs” and the “peace process.”
The drug war is going full tilt, with the number of people arrested and charged with drug offences increasing year-on-year.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recently said the country had one of the highest incarceration rates in the world.
But this doesn’t stop politicians and media from calling for an end to the war on drugs.
The peace process has been a source of tension between the two countries.
Australia has a history of supporting the Palestinians in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but Australia also has a long-standing history of opposing Israel’s settlement policies in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
“The Australian public overwhelmingly support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank,” the UNODC said in a report published in December.
“Australia also supports the Palestinian cause, and supports the Israeli position that the West bank and East of Jerusalem are part of the Israeli occupied territories.”
But Australia has long been at odds with Australia’s closest ally in the region, Israel.
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has said he would never support a Palestinian state if it means the creation of a Jewish state.
“I would never do it because I think the Israeli state is not a Jewish or democratic state,” Carr said.
“It’s a racist state.
There are no Jews there.
And I don’t believe that we can be a peace partner to Israel if it meant that Israel had a Jewish homeland in Palestine.”
Australia has been part of a series of international efforts to try to end the conflict, including a United Nations-sponsored peace conference in 2015, the formation of the Palestinian Authority in 2020, and the creation in 2021 of a Palestinian State in the East Jerusalem area.
The Peace Process Australia group says Australia is the only country that supports the UN’s call for the establishment a Palestinian “state alongside Israel” and that it supports the United Nations bid for the UN to declare Palestine “a non-member observer state”.
But it also points out that the Australian government has been critical of the UN for failing to take action on the Israeli settlements.
A spokesperson for the Australian Prime Minister said the Prime Minister had no plans to comment on the UN report.
“Our Government is committed to the peace process,” the spokesperson said.