Page 1124 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 16 March 2005

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It is also a time when belonging to an outlawed religious group or being in the wrong place at the wrong time can get an Australian detained for years without charge or legal representation overseas ...

The recently publicised attacks on members of the Ulysses club cannot be described as anything other than terrorism.

The fact that the Ulysses Club members might have caused offence to another motor cycle gang by wearing certain items of clothing does not entitle the offended group to take the law into their own hands and threaten, intimidate and assault lawful members of our community …

To allow this sort of conduct to continue unabated, the Government is effectively sanctioning a state of anarchy insofar as the criminal law is concerned.

That is the feeling of the community, and we have seen it very broadly expressed in the last few days.

Danish royal visit

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (6.11): I refer to last week’s very fortunate visit by the Danish royals, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. Most Canberrans were very proud to have them visit our city and territory. Most people displayed courtesy and welcomed them in the fashion that we are very proud of in this country.

Whilst Mary may no longer be an Australian citizen, she still is a member of the Danish royal family and is due the respect accorded to any representative of a country with which Australia enjoys very sound diplomatic relations. But the Chief Minister did not view her visit in the same light, citing the rapturous reception handed to Danish royalty while in Canberra last week “an illustration of the cultural cringe that exists in Australia”.

On ABC news on Saturday night Mr Stanhope is quoted as saying; “I see something of a cultural cringe in some of the lavish praise that I do not quite understand that has been laid at the feet of Princess Mary.”

Mrs Dunne: It is because people do not praise him in the same way.

MR MULCAHY: That is right. The Chief Minister obviously is confused as to why people have praised Princess Mary. Let me give him some examples of why the rest of the Australian community has welcomed her visit and has treated her with courtesy.

How can you be critical of a truly benevolent young woman who has assisted and attended so many worthy events on her tour? Let us look at what she has done. She sold out one event after another. The Australian Red Cross 90th Anniversary Event raised over $700,000, with 900 guests paying between $495 and $1,100 a seat. A ball in aid of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Centre grossed over half a million dollars. Let us remember, the Chief Minister says he does not understand why this woman is being praised—half a million dollars, with 550 guests paying $1,000 a head.

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