Senate debates

Wednesday, 30 March 2022



5:13 pm

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I'll be very brief in adding my remarks to those of the Minister for Foreign Affairs. I could talk for hours on the geostrategic importance of what's happening in Ukraine at the moment—and I've written on it extensively—but at this stage and at this time, and given the strength of the foreign minister's statement, I'd like to take a different tack and acknowledge the Ukrainian community here in Australia and around the world for their bravery and support. I feel very blessed to have here at the moment my very good friend Stef Romaniw, Chairman of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations and vice-president of the global organisation.

The Ukrainian community here in Australia are doing an amazing job in supporting the people in Ukraine, the people who are fleeing Ukraine and those who have arrived in Australia from Ukraine. There is so much more we can do. There's so much more the world needs to do. The more military aid we can send to Ukraine the better their heroes who are fighting so hard can fight back this Russian aggression. We all need to do more. I ask the world to do more. I leave my remarks there. Thank you.


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