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The Address in Reply I gave in Federal Parliament was an opportunity for me to thank the voters in my electorate of Calwell for electing me once again as their Federal Member of Parliament. It was a chance to also thank the wonderful and vibrant communities I have in my electorate, and to thank those who have supported me throughout the election and beyond.

My constituents of Calwell reject the Turnbull Government's attack on Medicare.

My constituents want this government to drop its savage health cuts. They want this government to begin investing in the future of our healthcare system - a healthcare system that provides access to the best quality healthcare and medical services for all Australians regardless of their socio-economic status.

We have over recent years endured debates that call for multiculturalism to be abandoned because it is seen as divisive and detrimental to Australia. Nothing is further from the truth.

I gave a speech in parliament on the bilingual poetry reading event I hosted for the book “This Intimate War Gallipoli/Çanakkale 1915” - the only contemporary Australian/Turkish book of poems on the Gallipoli/Çanakkale war.