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Australian Tamil Congress - Special announcements

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State MLA Hon. Amanda Bresnan's speech in ACT Parliament 6/05/2010

From Hansard -Page: 128/132Tamil referendum MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (6.48): I too would like to thank Anna for the greatcontribution she has made since she has been here. As Shane said, she is a fantasticcook. She is also extremely fashionable and, as everyone has also said, has a wickedsense of humour. She loves pink. That is right. Her presence is going to be greatlymissed. I would like to briefly mention that on Sunday, 18 April, I attended, as an observer,the ACT booth for the Tamil referendum, where Tamils living in Australia were askedto vote on whether they aspire for the formation of an independent Tamil homeland inthe north and east of Sri Lanka.

Australian Tamil Congress Proudly Launches Its 6th Chapter In Australian Capital Territory

The sixth chapter of ATC was inaugurated in Canberra, ACT on Sunday 9 May 2010.

ATC was launched in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA in August 2009.

The launch was successful and several ATC residents joined to strengthen ATC.

The highlight of the event was that the youth in Canberra initiated and organised this launch of ATC.

Community leader, Dr Ragavan attended as a well wisher, wished the youth the very best in their mission and spoke of the importance of youth taking the forefront.

ATC Chairman Prof Raj Rajeswaran was regretably unable to attend but sent the following message:

Chairman’s message

Ladies and Gentlemen,

My warmest welcome to you all for attending this important meeting to help form the 6th Chapter of the Australian Tamil Congress in Australia's capital city.

Due to other commitments, I am unable to share this momentous occasion with you all in person, and I am sincerely sorry for that.

Sri Lanka seeks to silence war crimes claims

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"General Fonseka's arrest is a clear message that the Government of Sri Lanka will detain anyone - even its own military leaders, if they threaten to expose its appalling human rights record."

Dr Sam Pari – Spokesperson for the Australian Tamil Congress (ATC)

Special note to the community

The Australian Red Cross has received for information about people who may have been on the boat which recently sank north-west of the Cocos Islands.

We have been told that individuals can contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship directly to ask about their loved ones.

If someone has any information or requires information about the rescue off Cocos Islands, they need to telephone 131 881 and select option 1. They should then be able to speak to someone who can help.

Please try this option first and if you have not been able to get the information you need feel free to contact Red Cross Tracing on 02 9229 4266.

If you would like help with any of the above services please contact ATC members -

Ananthan Sri 0418457837

Jegan Waran 0411757410

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