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Tuesday, 7 December 2004
Page: 57

Senator BARTLETT (Leader of the Australian Democrats) (3:40 PM) —by leave—Along similar lines to Senator Brown, I wish to record that the Democrats do not support the condemnation of the lord mayor, but we certainly would not want to be seen to be opposing a motion wishing people a happy Christmas. Similarly, whilst we do not oppose the motion wishing the Jewish community a happy Hanukkah, I want to put on the record that I do not think we should make a precedent of wishing happy celebrations for every religious festival in the Australian community. We could be doing something pretty much every day, and I would be worried about the precedent it might set.