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Monday, 27 February 2012
Page: 1759

Mr SIMPKINS (Cowan) (13:51): On Wednesday, the parliament will be graced by the presence of a delegation from the Republic of Macedonia. It is a great opportunity for Macedonian people from the electorate of Cowan and from many electorates across the country to welcome these representatives of the Macedonian parliament. The President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, His Excellency Mr Trajko Veljanoski, will be here. Accompanying him will be the MPs Mr Ilija Dimovski; Mr Milorad Dodevski; Mr Djevat Ademi; Mrs Cvetanka Ivanova; Mr Marjan Madjovski, Head of the Cabinet of the President; and Mr Ivan Cvetanovski, Associate on Support of the Activities of the President. It is, as I said before, a great opportunity for the Macedonian people within Australia. They have made a fabulous contribution, particularly within the electorate of Cowan. I have in excess of 1,000 Macedonians in my electorate and I am very keen to see the issues that concern them and the issues of concern to Macedonian people across the whole country raised in this parliament. It is a great opportunity with this delegation coming through on Wednesday.