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The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Ms Owens—That this House:

(1)    recognises:

(a)    the important contribution of the Burmese community in Australia;

(b)   the strength of the Burmese community and professional organisations and the part they have played in assisting others to settle successfully in Australia; and

(c)    the extensive charity work of the Burmese community in Australia for the broader Australian community; and

(2)    acknowledges the Burmese community’s:

(a)    strong advocacy over the plight of the Burmese refugees in the region; and

(b)   determination to raise awareness of the difficult situation facing internally displaced people in Eastern Burma ( see item No. 2, Votes and Proceedings )—

Debate resumed.




Suspension of meeting

At 1.30 p.m., the Deputy Speaker left the Chair due to the lack of a quorum.

Resumption of meeting

At 4.04 p.m., the Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair, and a quorum being present—