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Monday, 2 December 2019
Page: 6695


Mr KHALIL (Wills) (16:17): It's time to reflect on what a year 2019 has been and to acknowledge and celebrate some particularly favourite moments in my electorate of Wills. In January, I launched the season of the new Fawkner Netball Club, and I'm proud to say that they had a very successful season for a new club. In February, Hakeem al-Araibi, who plays for Pascoe Vale Football Club in my electorate, was rightfully brought home to Australia after a very successful campaign, and he's now a citizen of Australia. In March, I attended the biggest ever Sydney Road Street Party in Brunswick, an annual highlight for the people who live in my electorate. In April, I marched with tens of thousands of workers in Melbourne in support of the Change the Rules campaign. In May, I celebrated the 30th anniversary of the restoration of Merri Creek—and got re-elected; but we won't mention the national result! In June, I joined local legend Alma Pearce for her 100th birthday party. In July, I celebrated Ramadan and a wonderful iftar dinner at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. In August, I had the honour of rolling the first ball at the Brunswick Bowling Club, and it was a good shot! In September, I visited some of my youngest constituents at the Coburg Children's Centre, for Early Learning Matters Week. In October, I voted to declare a climate emergency in this place and urged the government to take action. In November, I had the pleasure of giving the graduation speech for the year 12 class at Glenroy College.

And this month, December, I am looking forward to catching up with as many community groups, schools and sports clubs as I can, and go to graduations, presentations and, of course, the Christmas party. I am looking forward to another year of serving the people of Wills in the New Year. I wish everyone a happy holiday and merry Christmas!