Bipartisan calls for Leifer extradition

Finbar O'Mallon
MPs Dave Sharma and Josh Burns want Malka Leifer (R) back in Australia to face child sex charges

A pair of MPs are using federal parliament to demand Israel extradite an alleged paedophile to Australia.

Liberal Dave Sharma and Labor's Josh Burns want Malka Leifer back in Australia to face child sex charges.

The former-Melbourne school principal is facing 74 charges of rape and child abuse in Australia.

"To our friends in Israel we say: it is time to act. Do the right thing and support justice for victims in both our countries," Mr Sharma said.

"We have been exceptionally patient in this case, but enough is enough."

"Allegations of interference in this case, especially by the Israeli Minster for Health, Yaakov Litzman, are shameful," Mr Burns said.

The two men will back a motion in parliament on Monday calling for Leifer's immediate extradition, while saluting Leifer's alleged victims who have been advocating for her to face trial in Australia.

One of Leifer's alleged victims, Dassi Elrich, welcomed the joint motion, saying she felt validated the issue wasn't being ignored.

"It is important that this issue remains outstanding in the minds of the Israeli legal and political establishment," Ms Elrich said.

Australia requested Leifer's extradition in 2014 after she fled the country in 2008, but she's remained in Israel while local courts determine if she's mentally fit to face trial.

The issue has dragged on through 63 court hearings.

In January, the Jerusalem District Court granted Leifer's lawyers time to cross-examine a psychiatric panel who deemed her mentally fit.