Statement - Malka Leifer Extradition Case

Media release
23 Oct 2019
Prime Minister

Today I met with courageous sisters Dassi Erlich and Nicole Meyer.

Their brave campaign for justice for the horrific allegations of abuse committed against them, and others, is to be commended and supported.

We acknowledge how deeply traumatic and painful it must be for those having to revisit the hurts of the past, and we acknowledge the immense bravery of the victims in this case, and all similar cases. 

We stand with them.

My Government is strongly committed to ensuring that justice is served in the case of Malka Leifer. 

This matter is currently before the justice system in Israel and we call for the matter to be resolved transparently and quickly. We also reaffirm our commitment to have Malka Leifer extradited to Australia to face 74 charges of child sexual abuse.

I have previously raised this commitment with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and will continue to raise this issue with the incoming Israeli leadership. The matter has also been raised frequently by Foreign Minister Marise Payne and the embassy officials.

Australia is a strong and committed friend and partner of Israel. 

That friendship is based on many things, including our shared commitment to justice, democracy and the rule of law.

The Australian Government will be unswerving in seeking justice in this matter.

We are committed to ensuring all Australian children are safe and protected from abuse.