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Australians demonstrate peace to the world.



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Thu, 24th April 2008 AUSTRALIANS DEMONSTRATE PEACE TO THE WORLD

The Hon Pat Farmer MP Shadow Minister for Youth and Sport

Shadow Minister for Sport and Federal Member for Macarthur, Pat Farmer MP, said today's Olympic Torch Relay was a success with thousands of people turning out to cheer on the torch and embrace the Olympic values of friendship, solidarity and fair play. Chairperson of the Australian Olympic Committee, Mr John Coates AC, summarised today's event by saying he was proud to be an Australian.

Local Indigenous leader Matilda House in her welcome to county said she would be running for peace, and Young Australian of the Year and Youth Ambassador Tania Major did Australia proud embarking on the first leg of the 80 person relay.

While the media may choose to focus on a few minor incidents, I can assure you the general feeling amongst the crowd was one of festivity and excitement towards the Torch Relay and the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing.

I met several of the torch runners who were brimming with pride including Olympic Veteran Neale Lavis who won a gold medal in the 1960 Rome Games in the Equestrian. 20 year old Christian Williams from Melbourne has suffered poor physical health and numerous operations on his heart, but was in fine form today, excited to be a torch bearer along with the Managing Director of Lenovos, Philip Cameron, who was handed the torch by our golden girl, Libby Trickett.

On the eve of ANZAC Day, the very thing that our ANZAC's were fighting for was demonstrated today - peace and freedom.