(Strathfield) [4.23 p.m.]: I speak this evening about the Tamil Study Centre, a local Tamil language and cultural organisation. The centre was established in 1987 and has nearly 40 volunteer teachers assisting 300 students. Its mission is to teach students the Tamil language and culture. It is a fantastic example of that uniquely Australian celebration of multiculturalism—embracing and intertwining two cultures. Every year students from the centre complete their Higher School Certificate exams in Tamil and every year students from the centre receive top band marks in the HSC. One of the proudest achievements of the centre's director was to see a former student re-join the centre as a teacher. This speaks to the deep passion the staff have for the education of their students.
I congratulate the founder, Bala Balendra, and the principal, Thiru Thirunanthakumat, who is a teacher and an active member of the New South Wales Federation of Community Language Schools. I congratulate also the following teachers for 20 years of service to the Tamil Study Centre: Ms Nirmala Dayalan, Mrs Malini Somaskanthan, Mr Saravanamuthu Thevarajah, Mrs K. Vadivetpillai and Mrs Krishnakumari Nadarajah. In an electorate as diverse as Strathfield it is fantastic to see young Tamil people celebrate their heritage and their home in such a vibrant way.