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Labor and Liberal politicians join forces in fight for Malka Leifer extradition

Malka Leifer appears in court in 2018. Source: AAP

Malka Leifer faces extradition on 74 charges of sexually assaulting female students during her time at Melbourne's ultra-orthodox Adass Israel school.

Federal Labor and Liberal MPs have combined forces to help alleged victims lobby for a former Melbourne school principal accused of sexual abuse to be quickly extradited from Israel to Australia.

The 52-year-old fled to Israel in 2008 after the allegations first emerged and the process to extradite her has stalled several times since charges were laid in 2013.

She remains in jail but there are concerns about the long delay in the extradition process.

Labor Member for Macnamara Josh Burns, child sexual abuse victims Nicole Meyer, Dassi Erlich and Liberal Member for Wentworth Dave Sharma at Parliament House.
Labor Member for Macnamara Josh Burns, alleged child sexual abuse victims Nicole Meyer, Dassi Erlich and Liberal Member for Wentworth Dave Sharma at Parliament House.
AAP

Two alleged victims Dassi Erlich and Nicole Meyer have come to Canberra to personally lobby for the fast-tracked extradition and call on the prime minister to end the delay.

"There has still not been any extradition trial," Ms Erlich said on Wednesday.

"We are here to ask the Australian government to do more. Enough is enough. We don't want platitudes, we want action."

Labor MP Josh Burns said the nation stood with Ms Erlich and Ms Meyer.

"This is about making sure that justice is done," he said.

Liberal MP Dave Sharma, a former Australian ambassador to Israel, said there had been more than 60 court hearings.

"Yet we seem to be no closer to having Malka Leifer extradited," he said.

"This case is a high priority for Australia and it is one we will be ceaseless in pursuing and it is one that unless resolved soon will have an impact on the broader relationship."

Ms Meyer said she was not doing it for herself.

"We're trying to a message to all survivors that even if you have been abused life can go on, justice can be served, and we want to stand strong on behalf of all others, not just ourselves."

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