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Monday, 18 February 2002
Page: 317

Mrs IRWIN (1:57 PM) —Last Saturday, areas of Western Sydney experienced one of the worst storms in recent memory. It may seem strange that, in the week when we have been discussing the recent bushfires in the same region, we now have suffered an excess of rain. The storms caused widespread damage and power failures and it may be some days before businesses and commerce return to normal in areas of the Fowler electorate. One event which suffered was the celebrations of the lunar new year, an important date for Asian communities in the Fowler electorate. Apparently, rain during the Tet celebrations is a good omen for a prosperous year to come and we certainly hope this is true. One victim of the rain at the celebrations was the minister for immigration, who was trapped in his car during the storm. Fortunately for him it was not a leaky boat—although several people offered him a life jacket, had he needed to abandon his car. Can I wish the many members of the Asian community in Fowler a happy new year. Chuc Mung Nam Moy! Kung Hey Fat Choy!