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CULTURE AND THE ARTS—DEEPAVALI—CELEBRATIONS

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. 1—That the Senate notes that:

 (a) Friday, 16 November 2012, was the celebration of Deepavali, a special day in the calendar for Indian Australians;

 (b) Deepavali or the `festival of lights' is a positive and joyous celebration that represents hope, renewal, happiness, forgiveness and goodwill;

 (c) Deepavali is one of the biggest celebrations of the year - it transcends religious differences to unite everyone in celebration; and

 (d) Australia is a richly multicultural nation which embraces the religious and cultural traditions of our diverse population.

Question put and passed.