NSW MP speaks in Parliament about Sri Lankan war crimes

NSW Member of Legislative Council speaks in NSW Parliament on Sri Lankan war crimes and human rights abuses against the Tamil

SRI LANKA AND TAMIL CONFLICT

Ms VIRGINIA JUDGE (Strathfield—Minister for Fair Trading, Minister for the Arts) [1.39 p.m.]: I speak in support of a small but prominent group of residents who live in my electorate but whose representation by number belies their contribution to my community in the electorate of Strathfield in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The Tamils of Strathfield are solid citizens, noted for their commitment to education, a strong work ethic and devotion to family life, as well as to the greater community in which they live. I have observed that the Tamil community in my electorate applies these principles to their business and professional practice and to their enthusiastic participation in benevolent community organisations. They also work tirelessly to integrate refugees into our society by helping to meet their physical and emotional needs. I am advised that their community work includes recently raising money for research into breast cancer and actively supporting a young Tamil gymnast, Prashanth Selladurai, from my electorate to represent Australia in the Australian gymnastic team at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, where he made a major contribution to the efforts that I believe won the team a silver medal, and then at the Commonwealth Games recently in Delhi where he won two gold medals and bronze.