The NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel was relaunched in Parliament House recently with Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith MP elected the new chair. He succeeds Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton MP, who served as chair for the past four years.
Walt Secord MLC was re-elected deputy chair. With approximately 50 members from multiple parties, the group is the largest parliamentary friendship group in the NSW Parliament.
NSW Jewish Board of Deputies president Jeremy Spinak and CEO Vic Alhadeff and Zionist Council of NSW president Richard Balkin attended the relaunch, which was necessitated by the fact that a general election has been held.
Addressing the group, Upton recounted the work of the Friendship Group over the past four years, including signing the London Declaration Against Antisemitism and hosting numerous overseas speakers.