Friday, 19 October 2012 02:46
Australia’s win of a United Nations Security Council seat is a testament that we need not compromise our egalitarian values in order to attain global recognition of our economic and democratic significance, Michael Danby MP, Chairman of the Joint Select Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, announced today.
In communicating his best wishes to Australia’s delegation in New York, Mr Danby warmly congratulated Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Deputy Foreign Minister, Richard Marles, who cast Australia’s vote.
Friday, 19 October 2012 01:49
Australia has been elected to serve as a non-permanent member on the United Nations Security Council for 2013 and 2014.For the next two years Australia will have a direct hand in shaping solutions to the world’s most pressing security challenges.
Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00
Michael Danby joined staff and community volunteers today serving lunch at the Sacred Heart Mission as part of the “Pollies Plate Up” event for Anti-poverty week.Mr Danby commended the Sacred Heart Mission for their work and congratulated the Mission which is celebrating its 30th anniversary of working with people who are marginalised, homeless or living in poverty.
Friday, 28 September 2012 04:37
Times up for Bernie Ecclestone and the Melbourne Grand Prix, State and Federal MPs Martin Foley and Michael Danby said today.
“The Grand Prix continues to be a drain on Victorian tax payers and we still don’t know what Bernie Ecclestone’s fee for the race is”, Mr Danby said. Mr Danby’s comments follow revelations in the Herald-Sun that the GP cost the Victorian Government $57 million.
Mr Danby agreed with recent a newspaper editorial calling on Mr Ecclestone’s fee to be disclosed by the State Government.
Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00
The Australia/Israel Parliamentary group with their special guest, His Excellency Mr Yuval Rotem Ambassador of Israel, were privileged to view the “Always Clock,” the first Mokume Gane clock ever. The Piece was expertly crafted by Eytan Aharoni, an Israeli born Jeweller who immigrated to Australia in 1998 with his wife and four children. Mr Aharoni over many years has mastered the Mokume Gane technique, which involves fusing various metals which have different characteristics using heat and pressure only. During the 17th Century in Feudal Japan, Mokume Gane, was mostly used to create Samurai swords and knives, however in modern times this intricate mixture of metalwork and jewellery has been adapted to create objects of beauty. Mr Aharoni explains the Always Clock was drawn from inspiration by driving past ‘The extraordinary impressive structure that is Parliament House.”
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