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Monday, 10 April 2000
Page: 15546

Ms ELLIS —Today, I want to take the brief opportunity I have to talk about the Certificates of Appreciation Program, which officially recognises the contribution of Australian volunteers and the work they do in Australia's aid program. Certificates are presented to volunteers who have served with organisations such as Australian Volunteers International, the Australian Expert Service Overseas Program, the Red Cross, Red R Australia and Rotary International. They contribute a variety of skills, and members from my electorate who have been awarded these certificates have, for example, provided an anaesthetic service, built a school, managed a printery, taught English and engaged in civil engineering and community development projects. Their time abroad has ranged from two months to more than three years in places such as Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand and the Niger.

I would like to place on record my personal tribute to my constituents Dr Piers Booth, Captain Rupert Hoskin, Henry Falson, Susanna Watt and Michael Hadley, the first four of whom I had the pleasure of presenting certificates to recently in this House. I would like to think that the example that these people have set within their own community can be met by more people in the future in considering such worthwhile work in some of our Third World countries around the world.