Catholic Association of Sydney Tamils

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [4.59 p.m.]: 4.59. On Saturday 5 March I was pleased to be a guest at the Catholic Association of Sydney Tamils silver jubilee with Bishop Joseph Ponniah of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. For 25 years the Catholic Association of Sydney Tamils has been a voice for Catholic Tamils, particularly in my Western Sydney electorate of Prospect. Millions of Catholics reside in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. In fact, Catholics comprise 6 per cent of the Sri Lankan population. Thousands are now proud to call Australia home, whether they came to escape persecution, make a new start in life or were born here. I thank the committee of the Catholic Association of Sydney Tamils, comprising Thayaharan, Antonitte Jesuthan, Santhiya Sylvester, John Kennedy, Anton Priris, Arul Sylvester, Charles Pitchai, Dhamayanthy Rajendra, Mercy Sylvester, Jovan Titus, Reverend Father Robert William, Michael Jesuthan, Victor St George and Madonna Gnanapragasam, for organising a great event and for their leadership in our community.

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