My Letter to Senator David Pocock re: Aid to Gaza

Senator David Pocock

On 14th March 2024, Senator David Pocock wrote an article in The Guardian, a left-leaning newspaper, about Australia's role in the ongoing Gaza conflict perpetrated by the proscribed terrorist organisation, Hamas.

I agree. We must ensure that Australian taxpayers' money does not go to an organisation that allegedly employed Hamas insiders who helped with the attack on innocent and unsuspecting Israelis on 7th October 2023.

Below is my email to Senator Pocock.

Dear Senator Pocock,

I note in your article in The Guardian on 14th March 2024 you state that you have received many emails from people in the ACT about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza created by the proscribed terrorist organisation, Hamas. You also state that Australians 'expect our government to show leadership and stand up for what is right'.

As an Australian who spent some 15 years of my life in service to my country, what is right is to ensure that terrorists are not funded by Australian taxpayers.

If you left the bubble of the ACT, a jurisdiction that is out of touch with the majority of taxpayers in Australia, you would know that what is right is to ensure the safety of the Australian people.

Your article in The Guardian is misguided. If the people who write to you are so concerned about what is happening in Gaza, perhaps you should direct them to RedR and the humanitarian roster they manage on behalf of DFAT. You might also consider that Australian taxpayers would be more comfortable sending medical supplies and related products to Gaza, rather than cash that has allegedly been used by UNRWA and its staff to support the proscribed terrorist organisation, Hamas.

If you truly support Territorians, you might also like to condemn the pro-terrorist and anti-colonial vandalism that was targeted at the Vietnam War Memorial and the Captain Cook Memorial this week. Without the sacrifice of Australian service personnel, your function and indeed your ability to write such partisan articles in a left-leaning newspaper would not exist.

I urge you to reconsider the importance of your position that has materialised as a result of the Australian electoral system. In this regard, you do not just represent the ACT. You have a responsibility to represent Australia's interests, not to how you and others feel about the tragedy that the Palestinian Authority's elected representatives perpetrated on 7th October 2023.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Michael de Percy.