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Monday, 21 February 2011
Page: 776

Debate resumed on motion byMs Vamvakinou:

That this House:

(1)   condemns the New Year’s Day attack on the Al-Qiddissin Church, the Church of the Two Saints, in Alexandria, Egypt;

(2)   acknowledges the historical role of the Coptic Orthodox community of Egypt;

(3)   expresses its condolences to all victims of violence and terrorism;

(4)   reaffirms the Australian Government’s call for fundamental political reform in Egypt and the protection of the rights of all Egyptian citizens; and

(5)   recognises:

(a)   the contributions made by the Coptic Orthodox community of Australia under the leadership of His Grace Bishop Suriel of the Coptic Orthodox Church Diocese of Melbourne and Affiliated Regions;

(b)   the value and role of interfaith dialogue in building a diverse and harmonious society; and

(c)   the value of democratic rights and the right to freedom of religion and culture.