Page 2037 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Finally, I take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all those who donate their time to the Snow Foundation. I particularly thank Terry Snow, the current chairman of the organisation, and George Snow for beginning the foundation. I also express my appreciation to the foundation’s other board members, including CEO Georgina Byron, Ginette Snow, Stephen Byron, Karen Byron, Craig Betts, Scarlett Gaffey, Stephen Gaffey and Andrew Fleece.
I commend the work of the Snow Foundation to members of the Assembly. For further information regarding the foundation, including the latest news on their funding and the foundation’s upcoming events, I encourage all members to visit their website at www.snowfoundation.org.au.
Victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17
MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (5.54): During our winter break, on Sunday, 13 July, I had the pleasure of accepting an invitation from Ms Georgia Alexandrou, President of the Cyprus Community of Canberra and ACT, to attend a service at the Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas in Kingston to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus on Sunday, 13 July 1974.
The Cyprus Community of Canberra has faithfully continued its commemoration of both the events of 13 July 1974 and the second round of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus which took place on 15 August 1974. It is now 40 years later and the impasse still exists. Cyprus is still occupied and still divided.
In a recent speech, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades stated:
We seek a solution that will reunify the country and safeguard the human rights of all Cypriots: Greek Cypriots, our Turkish Cypriot compatriots and all lawful Cypriots, irrespective of where they belong, what language they speak or what religion they believe in.
He went on to say:
Our goal is to reunite our common homeland. The reunification of the island must be supported by the people, withstand difficulties, develop opportunities for growth and prosperity, safeguard the European principles and rules, guarantee stability in Cyprus and the region and allow for the creation of alliances and conditions of mutual development for the benefit of all.
After 40 years this wish is still to be fulfilled. I know that there are many on both sides of this divide who are praying for such a much longed for solution. May their prayers be heard.
On 26 July, I attended the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St Nicholas, in company with the Chief Minister, Ms Gallagher, and Mrs Jones, for the memorial service to