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I have said. I think we have not seen the last of some of the problems with this yet. Watch this space.

I was going to say something about the Blue Devils, too, but Mr Seselja has stolen my thunder there. I am patron and I congratulate them on making the final of the continental cup. They are also five points clear now in the premier challenge cup and, if they win their next two games, they will have a spot in the main semi-final. So good luck to them.

I must get Mr Seselja away from the world game, great as it is, and into the game they play in heaven. I warn all members that it is about time we took on the Canberra Times and the media again. They have won the Wally Cup twice. We have won it twice. I think they are rather keen to challenge us again. Mr Quinlan is probably stuck, with his knees. But Mr Seselja, I think, would make a fine rugby player of some description. So watch this space. I think we will be having a game in July, and members of either sex are most welcome, if they are interested, to see me after this.

Mr Seselja: That is rugby and Aussie rules?

MR STEFANIAK: That is veterans rules for rugby union, mate. Finally, on another code, I had the pleasure of going to a junior Mungo, that is, rugby league—a great game, too—carnival for primary schools the other day. My young bloke was playing for Belconnen. It was great to see a number of schoolteachers there who had trained the kids. They trained them on a number of days after school. They were from various schools throughout not only Canberra but also the Murrumbidgee. There was a team from the Murrumbidgee primary school.

It was a fantastic day, and I would like to thank all the volunteers, especially the teachers and the parents who helped out with all the various Canberra zone representative teams. To a young bloke from south Canberra whom I think has got a lot of promise, Nugget: keep going, mate, you are going really well, but do listen to the referee and obey him because you might have a few problems otherwise. It was great to see so many talented youngsters go around. Again, congratulations to all the teachers involved and the parents who helped out.

Holocaust Remembrance Day
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MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (6.16): Mr Speaker, I want to speak on two matters today. The first is a reasonably serious matter, that is, on this day the Canberra community is recognising Yom Hashoah, which is the Holocaust Remembrance Day. This is a topic on which I have spoken previously. This is an occasion on which we remember the victims and contemplate the lessons in fostering tolerance and community harmony, so relevant to our times. At the conclusion of the Assembly sitting today, I will be attending a service at the National Jewish Memorial Centre in remembrance of the victims.

On 7 January 1945, soldiers of Marshal Ivan Koniev of the First Ukrainian Front of the Red Army liberated Auschwitz, whose liberation is emblematic of the end of the shoah, the end of the Nazi industrialisation of death. Sixty years later, the Holocaust or shoah still casts a shadow over the family history of many people in Australia, and for some of them it is still a living nightmare. On 24 January of this year, an historic ceremony was

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