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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 May 2021) . . Page.. 1308 ..


Peace poles are monuments which feature the universal peace message “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. The first peace pole was developed by a Japanese man, Masahisa Goi, in 1955, and there are now over 250,000 peace poles scattered around the earth.

As part of the Rotary 100 Down Under Centenary, the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin proposed to see 100 schools receive a peace pole donated by their local Rotary Club. This was an extension of the work undertaken with the Canberra Rotary peace bell. The idea was inspired by the Warsaw World Peace Bell, where peace poles are also distributed to schools and communities.

To date, 125 poles have been reserved by Rotary clubs, with peace pole 100 being placed in Lennox Gardens, Canberra on Sunday, 21 March 2021. Each school or park where the peace poles have been located is invited to participate in World Peace Day ceremonies on 21 September each year by holding a short ceremony at their peace pole. The pole features the words, “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” in 15 languages.

The Canberra Multicultural Community Forum—CMCF Inc—are the recognised peak body representing more than 110 ethnic and associated community organisations in the ACT and surrounding region. They were established in December 2005 as a unified voice and a single peak body to promote the common interests and articulate the purpose and direction of the multicultural community in the ACT. The forum is established to act as the multicultural voice here. We acknowledge the support of the Multicultural Hub for the event and the great work of the Rotary clubs of Canberra.

On 21 March I also attended the laying of the foundation stone of the Ahmadiyya mosque in Narrabundah. It was my pleasure to speak at this event. This will be an event that is remembered by many religious Canberrans for many years to come. Religious freedom is the basis of our society, and I support places of worship where people desire to teach their children their faith.

The community were very proud of getting this mosque established in Canberra, since they are a particularly targeted group in some other countries and, in some places, they are not as free to worship.

The new mosque is called “house of guide”—“Baitul Hadi”, and will be built on Narupai Street near the Narrabundah Ballpark. The community bought the site in 2018 and submitted designs in 2019. We absolutely welcome this facility to our community, and I look forward to celebrating many times at the mosque as the building works continue, and once it is open for worship.

Mr John Marshall—tribute

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (4.45): Mr Assistant Speaker, earlier this year, our city and community lost a Canberra icon in John Marshall, who you might know better as Mr Frugii, or Canberra’s own Willy Wonka. It is an honour today to share exactly what made him so special and the legacy that he leaves for


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