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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Page: 301

Senator FIERRAVANTI-WELLS (New South WalesMinister for International Development and the Pacific) (14:50): Every volunteer makes a contribution to our strategic aim to improve the security and stability of our neighbourhood. Every volunteer is at the forefront of building not only the capacity of those countries but also greater understanding, tolerance, peace and harmony in our region. Stability in our region is paramount. A strong, stable and prosperous Australia needs a strong, stable and prosperous Pacific; therefore, utilising our volunteers in key positions means that they are adding not just to the long-term prosperity of the country where they are working but also to the stability and security of our region. They help to deliver skills to our neighbours, they build links and friendships, and I pay tribute to them for the hard work that they do.