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Monday, 20 August 2001
Page: 29698


Mr SCHULTZ (1:59 PM) —Last Sunday week, my son, who is an AFP officer serving with the United Nations in East Timor, rang me about a little East Timorese boy who had fallen out of a tree two years ago and sustained such serious injuries that he became a paraplegic. He was given a wheelchair that was made by some peacekeepers, and it had fallen to pieces. My son rang me to ask whether I would be able to obtain a wheelchair for that little fellow. Fortunately, because of the generosity of two of my constituents, I have been able to get two wheelchairs. I am today packing up a wheelchair, with the help of the Australian Federal Police, to be sent to that little boy so that he can get around. That little chap has been isolated from his friends because he cannot move. I pay homage to those who, through their humane contribution, have been able to make that little boy's life a lot easier. I thank you for the opportunity of raising this matter in parliament today.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! It being 2.00 p.m., in accordance with standing order 106A, the time for members' statements has concluded.