NSW Parliament’s Hansard adopts growing consensus on the spelling of “antisemitism”

January 17, 2022 by  
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The NSW Parliament’s Hansard department – which officially records parliamentary proceedings – has adopted the official spelling of “antisemitism” over the increasingly archaic common misspelling “antisemitism”. Read more

Secord calls on arts minister to introduce anti-BDS laws

January 9, 2022 by  
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NSW Shadow Arts Minister Walt Secord has called on the new NSW Arts Minister Ben Franklin to introduce American-style anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) legislation for NSW arts organisations. Read more

NSW Education employee “no longer employed”

November 19, 2021 by  
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NSW Labor frontbencher Walt Secord, NSW Education has confirmed that the employee who posted antisemitic comments alongside a photo of Adolf Hitler “is no longer employed by the department” – bringing the long-running matter to an end. Read more

The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies endorses IHRA definition of antisemitism

November 18, 2021 by  
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NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBOD) endorsed the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism and called on the NSW government, opposition and community organisations across the state to adopt the IHRA Working Definition. Read more

NSW Multiculturalism Minister supports ban on Hizb ut-Tahrir

November 7, 2021 by  
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In a wide-ranging three-hour NSW Parliamentary hearing on counter-terrorism and prisons on Friday, NSW Shadow Minister for Police and Counter Terrorism Walt Secord tabled a letter from NSW Multiculturalism Minister Natalie Ward where said she stated that she supported investigating a ban on Hizb ut-Tahrir. Read more

NSW Shadow Police Minister Walt Secord quizzes NSW Police on Hizb Ut-Tahrir rally

October 31, 2021 by  
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NSW Police Force has told a State Parliament hearing that a Hizb ut-Tahrir rally in Lakemba – where protestors chanted offensive statements including “destroy the Jews” and “give us the necks of the Jews” – had been referred to its terrorism intelligence unit for assessment and “allocated” to the Fixated Persons’ Unit for further investigation. Read more

Crusader to ban swastikas in NSW refused domestic security improvements by NSW government

October 25, 2021 by  
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NSW Shadow Minister for Police and Counter Terrorism Walt Secord said he was disappointed by the Premier’s department’s rejection of his request for improved security at his home. Read more

Tributes for Gladys

October 4, 2021 by  
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NSW Labor Shadow Minister for Police Walt Secord, who is also deputy chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel has paid tribute to outgoing Premier Gladys Berejiklian saying that “despite being long-time political opponents” he was “deeply saddened to witness her departure”. Read more

NSW Labor approves draft bill to ban swastikas

September 10, 2021 by  
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This week, State Labor unanimously approved a draft bill for public consultation to ban the Nazi flag and swastika in NSW. Read more

A second request to NSW Education Minister to release of information surrounding antisemitic post by education department employee

September 6, 2021 by  
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NSW Labor frontbencher Walt Secord has appealed directly to the Education Minister Sarah Mitchell to intervene and overturn her department’s decision to block for a second time the release of material surrounding an Education department employee who posted antisemitic comments alongside a photo of Adolf Hitler. Read more

Rosh Hashanah: Walt Secord

August 31, 2021 by  
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As the Shadow Minister for Police and Counter Terrorism and the deputy chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel, once again, it is my pleasure to extend my warmest wishes for a happy, healthy and sweet New Year ahead to the NSW Jewish community. Read more

Secord raises Israeli approach to Covid vaccinations at NSW Parliamentary hearing

August 27, 2021 by  
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Israel’s vaccination rates and its roll-out of a third Pfizer booster jab were canvassed at a recent NSW Health budget estimates hearings by the NSW Labor Opposition. Read more

Adolf Hitler placards at Gold Coast-Tweed border protests “sickening”

August 24, 2021 by  
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NSW Labor frontbencher Walt Secord was sickened by the images of a protestor carrying two posters purporting to be Adolf Hitler images at a Tweed-Gold Coast cross-border anti-lock down rally on the weekend. Read more

Ben & Jerry’s: Australia pollies air their views

August 5, 2021 by  
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Senator Eric Abetz, Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Israel, and Senator Kimberley Kitching, Deputy Chair have criticised Ben and Jerry’s decision not to renew their license agreement with the Israeli franchisee who sells their ice cream in the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” in the West Bank. Read more

Senior NSW politician adds his voice to listing Hezbollah as 100% terrorist group in Australia

July 23, 2021 by  
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The NSW Shadow Minister for Police and Counter-Terrorism has thrown his support behind a growing campaign to list the entirety of Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation in Australia. Read more

Walt Secord completes his conversion to Judaism

June 30, 2021 by  
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NSW Labor frontbencher and the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel deputy chair Walt Secord has recently completed his conversion to Judaism through Sydney’s Emanuel Synagogue. Read more

Secord welcomes election of Scott Farlow as new chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel

June 28, 2021 by  
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NSW Labor frontbencher and deputy chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel Walt Secord has welcomed the election of Liberal MP Scott Farlow as the new chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel. Read more

Sydney Jewish Museum: Labor Shadow Minister congratulates NSW Treasurer

June 22, 2021 by  
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In the spirit of bipartisanship, NSW Shadow Minister for Police and Counter-Terrorism Walt Secord has welcomed the decision by the NSW Liberal government to provide $6.25 million to the Sydney Jewish Museum. Read more

Walt Secord returns to Labor frontbench: Shadow Minister for Police and Counter-Terrorism

June 18, 2021 by  
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In a comprehensive reshuffle of the NSW State Labor frontbench, Walt Secord was appointed to a number of shadow ministerial portfolios including Shadow Minister for Police and Shadow Minister for Counter-Terrorism. Read more

Bob Carr targets Israel again

May 4, 2021 by  
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Former NSW Premier and former Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr has sent an email to “to all supporters of Palestine in the Australian Labor Party”. Read more

Walt Secord pays a visit to historic Hobart shul

April 25, 2021 by  
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NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel deputy chair and Shadow Treasurer Walt Secord recently visited and attended services at the Hobart Synagogue – Australia’s oldest synagogue. Read more

Vic Alhadeff honoured in NSW parliament

November 11, 2020 by  
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NSW Opposition Leader Jodi McKay has hosted a morning tea at State Parliament House with Labor Party shadow ministers and MPs to honour NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff, who has announced his resignation. Read more

NSW Shadow Minister removes antisemitic graffiti

July 16, 2020 by  
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NSW Shadow Treasurer and NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel deputy chair, Walt Secord saw antisemitic COVID conspiracy theory graffiti in Port Macquarie on the mid-North Coast and felt compelled to remove it – which he did. Read more

Secord applauds Federal Court decision on Frydenberg dual citizenship case

March 18, 2020 by  
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NSW Shadow Treasurer and NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel deputy chair, Walt Secord has applauded the Federal Court decision to dismiss the Josh Frydenberg dual citizenship matter. Read more

Walt Secord backs posthumous promotion of Sir John Monash to Field Marshal

October 20, 2019 by  
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NSW Shadow Treasurer and NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel deputy chair Walt Secord has thrown his support behind a plan to posthumously elevate Sir John Monash to Field Marshal. Read more

Walt joins Emanuel

June 19, 2019 by  
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Well-known supporter of Israel and Jewish causes NSW Labor frontbencher Walt Secord has revealed to parliament that he and his wife have joined Sydney’s Emanuel Synagogue. Read more

Across the political divide

August 28, 2018 by  
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NSW Labor frontbencher and NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel deputy chair, Walt Secord has paid tribute to Malcolm Turnbull, saying his successor in Wentworth will have “impossibly large shoes to fill when it comes to supporting the Jewish community and Israel”. Read more

A shabbat meal to support a Labor candidate

August 26, 2018 by  
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NSW Labor held a special Shabbat meal on the State’s South Coast to support its candidate and local nurse Annette Alldrick. Read more

Walt Secord meets Darwin Jewry

July 16, 2018 by  
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NSW Labor frontbencher and deputy chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel, Walt Secord recently met with members of Darwin’s tiny informal Jewish community.
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Give peace a chance

July 4, 2018 by  
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Israel’s Opposition leader Isaac Herzog is visiting Australia immediately following his appointment as the chairman of The Jewish Agency. Read more

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