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Mr Speaker, investing in education is both an investment in our children’s future, and an investment in the future prosperity if Australia.

Investing in education, skills and training is about preparing Australia for the economic and social challenges that lay ahead.

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Most Australians, I am certain, will support the sentiments of ... the Living in Harmony program and take a stand against racism, prejudice and intolerance.
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(Following is a private members motion on David Hicks moved in Parliament by Maria, followed by a copy of her speech on David Hicks. Six MP's spoke to the motion. All speeches can be found by going to the following link and scrolling down to p. 39:

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Maria gives her first speech to the House of Representatives.

 

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(Delivered in Melbourne on the 5th anniversary of David Hicks' detention).

David Hicks has spent 5 years in detention without trial for a war that we are told is being waged in the name of freedom and democracy. Yet David has become an example of the way this same war is in danger of eroding the very freedoms and rights that it claims to defend and uphold.

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