On Monday night the Federal Parliament, for the first time, debated the genocide of Christians and other minorities at the hands of ISIS.

Labor’s Chris Hayes introduced the motion seconded by the Coalition’s Kevin Andrews.

It recognised that Christians, Yazidi’s and Muslim minorities have been subject to genocide.

Similar motions have already passed the United States Congress and the UK Parliament.

Now it is Australia’s turn – a move that would empower the United Nations to go after the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

The genocide against Christians in particular has been terribly under-reported by the world’s media. It was great to see the Australian Parliament shining a light on this.

The next step is for the Parliament to now bring this motion to a vote, something we hope can be achieved early in the new year.

The decision to allow this is now in the hands of the Turnbull Government.

Thanks to the 15,000 of you who signed our Stop the Genocide petition. Your voices are being heard.

But we must not stop until the motion has been voted on.

Please keep spreading the link to the petition. If you received petition forms in the mail from us, please encourage your friends to sign or better still, direct them to the electronic link.

This week’s move in Parliament is a great step forward but we will not rest until we get a vote on behalf of the persecuted.