On behalf of WCLN, Mr Pece (Peter) Gorgievski, the Vice-Chairperson of WCLN and the CEO of Global Dialogue Foundation attended an exhibition highlighting the valuable contributions of Arab-Australians to the State of Victoria, presented at Victorian Parliament House on 12 June 2013.
"The exhibition was an opportunity to learn more about the excellent work of different Arab speaking groups", stated Mr. Gorgievski.
Keynote speaker The Hon. Gareth Evans AC QC stated, "You have fabulously enriched our Australian society by your presence here, as this exhibition helps testify. We have benefited from your intelligence and application, from the contributions you have made by hand and brain to the growth of this country, and from the multiple new cultural strands – of art, music, literature and spirituality – that you have layered and woven into the fabric that makes us the society we are". The Hon Gareth Evans AC QC also spoke about difficult topics such as humanitarian crisis and displacement of people in the Middle East and Australia's constructive engagement in the region, among others.
Presentations were also made by The Hon. Bronwyn Halfpenny MP, H.E. Izzat Abdulhadi - Ambassador, Head of the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia. The evening was completed with a dance performance and poetry recitals.
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