4 September 2006


The initiative of a group of Parade College students led by Mervin Ng in raising awareness about the Millenium Development Goals was commended in the national parliament recently.

Speaking in support of the MDG's while urging the Australian Government to honour its commitment to allocate 0.7 % of the national income to aid for poor countries, Martin Ferguson the Member for Batman, praised the initiative of Mervin in collecting 1500 signatures of students and staff members on a 13 metre banner which was tabled in the Parliament by Harry Jenkins, the Member for Scullin, whose electorate includes Parade College.

"Thankfully as witnessed by these actions, the next generation of Australians has a rising awareness of increasing inequality and they are to be commended" Mr Ferguson said.

The full text of Mr Ferguson’s speech of Aug 10th can be read on p105 of the House Hansard transcript which can be found at the Parliament of Australia website.

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