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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 3 Hansard (18 March) . .

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I encourage the continuing involvement of my Assembly colleagues in these functions. Our new citizens add much value and colour to our life both in Australia and in Canberra itself. New citizens bring with them a diversity of cultures, food, arts and industry. New citizens allow us to show the rest of the world how our cultural diversity can integrate across and within communities. We can show how acceptance of cultural tradition and tolerance of cultural values can bring many communities together to create a community that is dynamic, interesting and exciting. We can show that political and social tolerance and mutual respect for cultural traditions can bring harmony, peace and security for the whole community.

I am always very pleased to welcome new citizens to the community of Canberra, and I appreciate the opportunity to attend ceremonies and host functions in this place. I commend the ongoing new citizenship nights, the next one of which is on Thursday, 2 April, to members.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.54 pm.

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