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Recent publications discussing Iran policy attracted conspiratorial and antisemitic claims in the comments section.
During a debate in the United Nations General Assembly this week, Australia encouraged increased Holocaust education as a way of fighting antisemitism.
But Iran’s piracy and aggressive actions in the Persian Gulf should be a reminder that Iran is an inherently disruptive and dangerous rogue actor – whose violent behaviour must be rigorously and unwaveringly deterred and contained.
Australia should be doing whatever it can to contribute to the timely, calibrated and well-justified US-led strategy of increasing the pressure on Iran.
In his last major statement on the matter in December, Morrison announced that his government “will keep the option of additional autonomous sanctions under active review”. Now is time for that ongoing review to deliver a pivot on Australia’s stance on the Iran nuclear deal, drawing the proper conclusions from Iran’s behaviour since the 2015 deal