An opportunity to maintain bipartisanship on Ukraine

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs

Senator Claire Chandler, Shadow Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Opposition will today bring an urgency motion to the Senate calling on the Albanese Labor Government to deliver a further package of assistance to Ukraine.

We urge all parties to support this motion to maintain Australia's strong and bipartisan support for Ukraine against Russia's illegal and immoral invasion.

For months now need has been mounting for this Labor Government to deliver a further package of military, humanitarian and energy assistance to Ukraine.

It is embarrassing to see Ukraine resorting to public campaigns for Australia to do more, and concerning to have members of the Australian Ukrainian community express their disappointment at the lack of recent action.

The Coalition calls on all parties to support this motion to ensure Australia continues to provide support for a friend and country in need, and Australia continues to defend democracy and the international rules-based order.

Most importantly, we urge the Albanese Government to act, swiftly and comprehensively, by delivering a further package of support that restores Australia's standing as a leading non-NATO contributor to Ukraine.

The Opposition continues to offer its bipartisan support for the Government to take action - to both announce a new package of support, and to ensure that it is delivered on the ground in Ukraine as soon as possible.