Page 2383 - Week 07 - Thursday, 4 August 2016

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efforts of finding a solution of the Cyprus problem, the occupation of almost 37 per cent of Cyprus territory, the division of the island, the violation of human rights, the ethnic cleansing and the cultural destruction and religious desecration still continues.

The speech by Her Excellency Mrs Ioanna Malliotis was well received by the congregation. At the conclusion of the memorial service the parishioners moved to the community hall next door to share refreshments and a good strong Cyprus coffee.

Sadly it would appear that there is no short-term solution to the Cyprus problem; so Cyprus and her local and expatriate community after 42 years are still seeking freedom for Cyprus and restoration of its sovereignty, territorial integrity and a workable and lasting solution.

Olympic Games—local participation

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Minister for Housing, Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Multicultural and Youth Affairs, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (6.11): Madam Speaker, I take the opportunity tonight during the adjournment debate to congratulate ACT athletes who will be representing Australia at the Rio Olympics. I want to congratulate Melissa Breen, who will be competing in athletics, Lauren Wells in athletics, Kelsey-Lee Roberts in athletics, Edwina Bone in hockey, Caroline Buchanan in BMX, Nathan Hart in track cycling, Glenn Turner in hockey, Brendon Reading in athletics and Andrew Charter in hockey.

We are all very proud of our local Canberra athletes and we are very proud of them for making the team. We want to congratulate all of you and your families on this amazing achievement. We understand all of the years of dedication and training that have gotten you to this point.

I would also like to acknowledge all of the staff, volunteers, coaches, family members and friends who will be supporting our ACT athletes in Rio. Congratulations to you all. The whole of Canberra will be cheering you on.

Canberra gang show

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (6.12): Tonight I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge Canberra’s scouts and guides. On Friday, 15 July I had the privilege of attending this year’s Canberra gang show called The Greatest Earth on Show. Each time I have attended, the gang show has been fantastic, and this year it was just as good.

It was a show which included 72 scouts and guides and 50 support crew, incorporating scout and guides groups from all over Canberra. It is a lot of people and it takes a huge number of hours to put the show together. Putting together something of this magnitude shows the great team characteristics of our scouts and guides.

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