Speeches by Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

Italians Down Under Conference

E&OE Can I start by acknowledging you Ambassador and thanking you for your invitation, Consul General, my Federal, State and Italian Parliamentary colleagues, former colleague Santo Santoro, NIAF CEO John Viola, other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I am very… Continue reading

Youth Off The Streets Gala Dinner

E&OE Can I acknowledge Father Chris Riley, my Federal Parliamentary colleague Chris Bowen, my State colleague Gabrielle Upton, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I am delighted to be here this evening representing the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Tony… Continue reading

Australian Federal Police Melbourne Eid Dinner

E&OE Can I start by acknowledging Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin and other members of the Australian Federal Police; Chin Tan – Chairman, Victorian Multicultural Commission; Nedeem Hussain – President, Islamic Council of Victoria; distinguished Sheiks, religious leaders; members of the… Continue reading

Address to the National Imams Consultative Forum

E&OE Can I start by acknowledging distinguished guests and presenters at this forum and all participants and organisers of the National Imams Consultative Forum. Given my responsibility for multicultural affairs and settlement services, I am absolutely delighted to be here… Continue reading

Opening address at the AMES conference

Thank you Cath for that very warm welcome. Can I also add my acknowledgment of the traditional owners. Can I start by acknowledging my friend and parliamentary colleague, the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, Assistant Minister for Employment; Graham Sherry OAM,… Continue reading

Harmony Day Morning Tea

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Thank you very much Warren, to all my Parliament colleagues including Senators Fifield and Fierravanti-Wells, distinguished guests including Ernie Friedlander from the B’Nai B’Rith Organisation, the sponsors of the Harmony Day poster each year and other distinguished… Continue reading

Greek National Day Reception

*** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY *** Thank you Your Excellency and Mrs Dafaranos. I would also like to acknowledge: My parliamentary colleague, Nickolas Varvaris Excellencies, heads of missions in Canberra and members of the diplomatic corps; Chief of Protocol, Mrs Sally… Continue reading

Australian Arab Business Women’s Forum opening address

Your Excellency, Ambassador, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Let me also recognise the generous support for this event of the Council for Australian Arab Relations, an initiative of the Australian Government to strengthen connections between Australia and the Arab world,… Continue reading

Celebrations Honouring Dr Stepan Kerkyasharian AO

Grazie Vincenzo, (Vince Sorrenti) Can I acknowledge Minister Victor Dominello representing the Premier of NSW, my many State Parliamentary colleagues, Your Eminence Cardinal Pell and Bishop Najarian, Stepan Kerkyasharian AO and Hilda, John Caputo OAM and your organising committee, distinguished… Continue reading