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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 180 ..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

I think every one of us in this place knows the venerable Thich Quang Ba personally and well. He is a genuine advocate, not only for those within his own community, but for the broader Canberra community. The Sakyamuni Monastery at Lyneham has been involved over a number of years in the development of a community centre providing low-cost accommodation to any member of the Canberra community that might be seeking or in need of that sort of accommodation. It is a program and a project that does not get all that much public appraisal or notice.

A very significant community program has been organised there by the Buddhist community of Canberra, through the hard work, the dedication and the auspices of that community, led by the venerable Thich Quang Ba. I commend it to every member of this Assembly and note the enormous work that that community does for other members of the broader Canberra community and the significant role they play in fundraising and seeking to assist other communities. They are one of the most vital forces for multiculturalism that I am aware of and I take this opportunity again to celebrate with the members of that community and other communities the lunar new year.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Assembly adjourned at 5.30 pm

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