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Monday, 22 August 2011
Page: 8756

Ms OWENS (Parramatta) (13:59): On 9 July South Sudan became an independent country under the name of Republic of South Sudan. On 14 July South Sudan became the 193rd member state of the United Nations, and on 28 July it joined the African Union as the 54th member state. I congratulate my local South Sudanese community. I experienced the joy with them on the independence day celebrations and I congratulate our newest country, the Republic of South Sudan.

The SPEAKER: Order! In accordance with standing order 43, the time for members' statements has concluded.