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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 7816

Senator RIDGEWAY (New South Wales) (9.39 a.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) congratulates:

(i) all winners of the 2002 Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards, and

(ii) all of the people involved in the making of Rabbit-Proof Fence, which won the AFI award for Best Film.

(b) notes that for the first time in the history of the AFI awards, every film nominated in the category of Best Film—Australian Rules; Beneath Clouds; Rabbit-Proof Fence and The Tracker—was an Indigenous-themed story;

(c) congratulates the four Indigenous people who won awards on the night:

(i) director Ivan Sen,

(ii) actor David Gulpilil,

(iii) director and producer Rachel Perkins, and

(iv) cinematographer Allan Collins; and

(d) calls on the Government to continue to support the development and production of Australian films so all Australians can continue to see and hear our own stories in cinemas and on our television screens.

Question agreed to.