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Minister congratulates 'Australia's Mother of the Year'



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M e d i a R e l e a s e

The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

Minister for Immioration and Multicultural Affairs Telephone: (02) 6277 7860 Facsimile: (02) 6273 4144

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Minister Congratulates ‘A ustralia’s Mother Of The Year’

The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Philip Ruddock, today congratulated Kim Nguyen on winning the prestigious ‘Australia’s Mother of the Year’ award.

Ms Nguyen and her family settled in Australia after moving from Vietnam. Ms Nguyen arrived in the late 1980’s after sending her children out of post-war Vietnam some eight years earlier.

' Mr Ruddock says role-models like Ms Nguyen serve to display to everyone the very positive contribution migrants make to Australia.

“The outstanding seivices Individuals such as Ms Nguyen have given to not only their families but also to the broader Australian community deserves such recognition. .

“Ms Nguyen’s success in winning this award exemplifies the migrant experience and demonstrates the Australian community's appreciation of those who have committed to this nation.

“The decision to leave one’s home country to re-settle in a foreign land is an enormous one laden with difficulties and challenges.

“When you add to this the challenge of raising a family, the sacrifice Ms Nguyen made to come to Australia is obvious.

“This makes her success, that was deservedly recognised today, all the more commendable".

ENDS .

Friday, 8 May,1998

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