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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 23

Ms ANNETTE ELLIS (1:52 PM) —I want to take the time to compliment the Canberra Islamic Society in the ACT and, in particular, the president, Mr Mohammed Berjaoui, as well as all of his colleagues within the society and all the people connected with our Islamic mosque in Yarralumla. On Saturday morning, I had the privilege with many other Canberrans of attending an open day at the mosque in Yarralumla. At a time like this, when we need to have a far better understanding of each other’s differences and make those differences less prominent in our lives, the opportunity to have an open day at the mosque within our community in Yarralumla was a very important and valuable thing. The Islamic society, Mr Berjaoui and all of his colleagues deserve our thanks and our sincere congratulations for the trouble they went to.

We had performances by children from the local Islamic school. Members of other clergies were also in attendance, as well as a very broad representation of many different people within our Canberra community. I was particularly proud to attend that open day and mix with those people of the Islamic faith and other faiths in such a way. I congratulate everyone involved for a really well thought-out program on Saturday at the open day.