Both of the majors are hooked on Jewish political donations designed to ensure bipartisan support for Israel.
Note here, for example, how the threat of a withdrawal of same is used to squeeze the Libs on 18C:
"Peter Wertheim, executive director of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, said... [the government's proposal to remove 'offend, insult and humiliate' and broaden the exemptions in the Racial Discrimination Act] could affect donations to the Coalition..." (Jewish donations to Liberal party could be hit by race act changes, Gabrielle Chan, theguardian.com, 31/3/14)
To see the same kind of squeeze applied to Labor, simply click on the label below and read my 22/6/10 post The Best Israel Policy Money Can Buy.
Is it any wonder that Australia's foreign policy position on the Palestine/Israel issue is hopelessly skewed in favour of Israel and against the most elementary justice for Palestine?
I've already reported on how Abbott and Bishop have introduced a new level of servility when it comes to serving Israeli interests - see my posts Just How Bright is Julie Bishop? (28/1/14) and What Would Santa Say? (27/9/13). (Just click on the 'Julie Bishop' label below.)
As for Labor, it's really no different. Here's part of what opposition leader (and protege of the late Richard Pratt), Bill Shorten, had to say to the Zionist Federation of Australia in the context of the debate over 18C:
"Shorten offered this formulation to the Zionist Federation on the vexed issue of settlements on Sunday: 'We do acknowledge that some settlement activity in the West Bank is illegal under Israeli law..." (Jewish community must speak out on race act changes, says Shorten, Katherine Murphy, theguardian.com, 30/3/14)
Some settlements are illegal under Israeli law?!
This is almost a mirror image of Bishop's What's international law got to do with it? position on Israeli settlements.
It's really very simple: All Israeli settlements are illegal under the only law that matters - international law. End of story.