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Australia has a proud heritage as a multilingual nation and although this language resource is not always apparent or indeed not always acknowledged by all, it is nevertheless the case that here in Australia we are uniquely placed to communicate with the entire world.
I rise tonight to speak in recognition of one of my local constituents, Mr Frank Churchill, who was presented with the Order of Australia Medal on Australia Day this year. Frank was born Francis Clive Churchill in September 1931 in Melbourne.
Wednesday, 16 February 2005 is a very important day in history. After 15 years of negotiation – the Kyoto Protocol – will finally come into force. From 16 February, 140 nations around the world will take action together to tackle climate change - the greatest threat to the health of the planet and the long term security of all nations.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the voters of the federal electorate of Calwell, who have given me the privilege and the honour to represent them in this place for a second term. It is difficult to believe that three years have passed and that I now no longer have the cover of being a new member.
I want to raise two incidents regarding our multicultural community that show how those with extreme views on both sides of the debate often hijack the issue with their misguided words and actions. In yesterday’s Herald Sun, journalist Andrew Bolt delivered another instalment of his well-known views about this country’s diversity.

Today I rise to speak in support of the private members motion of the Member for Throsby, which calls on this house to support the current system of annual wage increases to Minimum Award rates by the Australian Industrial Relations System.

This motion acknowledges the alarming growth in the ranks of working poor and the detrimental effects this can have on households due to the majority of working poor being totally reliant on minimum award wages.

Can I take this opportunity, Mr Speaker, to congratulate you on your appointment and to wish you well in a job that no doubt has its moments. Today is World AIDS Day and it is an opportunity for us in this House and elsewhere to reflect on the devastation that HIV-AIDS continues to cause to people around the world.
This Friday marks the annual Jeans for Genes Day, a day which is very well known to all of us for promoting the recognition of rare genetic disorders and for raising awareness about the need to conduct research and find cures for people who suffer from rare genetic conditions. Image