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Monday, 5 March 2001
Page: 24893

Mr FORREST (12:43 PM) —by leave—We were also pleased to meet the Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Wladyslaw Bartoszewki. This man is a legend in his own time, when you review the history of his incarceration by one tyrant after another. He is a great example of the determination of the Polish people to succeed against the odds.

In conclusion, I thank my fellow delegates for their contribution to the success of the delegation: the deputy leader, the member for Chifley, the Hon. Roger Price; the member of Indi, the Hon. Lou Lieberman; the member for Lyons, the Hon. Dick Adams, who spoke; and Senator the Hon. Chris Schacht and Senator Winston Crane. All members made invaluable contributions and I believe we equipped ourselves well to present a favourable impression of our country, Australia. I was particularly grateful for the delegates' and members' assistance during the sensitive press conference at Szolnok regarding the cyanide spill. I make special mention of the secretary to the delegation, Richard Selth, whose assistance was invaluable to the success of the visit. Thanks to the presiding officers of the Polish and Hungarian parliaments, their excellencies, Mr Mark Higgie, now retired, Ambassador to Hungary, and Mrs Margaret Adamson, Ambassador to Poland, and to their staff—and a particular mention to the protocol staff in both countries who worked so hard to present very demanding schedules. To you, finally, Mr Speaker, a special thanks for entrusting us all with the responsibility of representing Australia abroad.