Ms JODI McKAY ( Strathfield ) ( 15:56 ): I bring to the attention of the House the wonderful work of the Tamil Senior Citizens Association. The association was established in 1991 with 27 members and now has grown to more than 850. Those first 27 members fled their country of birth in the most difficult of circumstances. They came together with a vision to support each other and provide friendship and fellowship. Their vision was more than realised and in their silver jubilee year this Parliament celebrates and recognises the commitment of all Tamil seniors to our community.
The Tamil Senior Citizens Association also has established a benevolent society and a housing cooperative. It is actions such as those that enhance the reputation of innovation and compassion for which the association is known. I congratulate the Tamil Seniors Citizens Association on its dedication to its peers and its desire to see a harmonious and respectful multicultural community. I am privileged to represent many members of the association. They are kind, good and compassionate people, who have shaped a better life for their families in Australia. I thank them for all they do for the community and I wish them the very best for the future.