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CULTURE AND THE ARTS—EID AL-ADHA

The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins), at the request of the Minister for Multicultural Affairs (Senator Lundy) and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved government business notice of motion no. 3—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Friday, 26 October, was the celebration of Eid al-Adha, a special day in the calendar for Muslim Australians,

  (ii) 26 October marked the beginning of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, commemorating Ibrahim's (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son to God,

  (iii) Eid al-Adha is a time of peace, respect, sharing, caring and donating to those in need for Muslims and it is particularly special for Muslim children as it involves the exchanging of gifts and getting together with family, and

  (iv) this significant time coincides with the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia; and

 (b) wishes all our Australian Muslim friends who are travelling to Mecca a safe trip on their way to, and home from, their spiritual journey.

Question put and passed.