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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2901

Ms.Virginia Judge, NSW MP defended

[b]Ms.Virginia Judge, NSW MP defended[/b]

[b]Sydney, 25 September, ([/b] Greme Lyall AM, Chairman of Buddhist Council of New York and also Executive Council Member of the World Fellowship of Buddhists wrote to "Asian Tribune" that the New South Wales Member of Parliament Ms.Virginia Judge was not a biased politician. He added that she supports all of her constituents - not only Tamils and she cannot be accused of being a supporter of terrorists.

“Asian Tribune” wrote to Greme Lyall to forward his comments he posted in the “Asian Tribune Forum” for publication in the “Asian Tribune” online news daily and “Asian Tribune” is thankful for him for kindly obliging to the request. Graeme Lyall AM pointed out: “She was instrumental in arranging, for the first time in history, the celebration of Vesak, this year, in the NSW Parliament House and she organized the then Premier, Bob Carr, to welcome the Buddhist community to Parliament House. She can hardly be accused of being a supporter of terrorists. She is a hard working politician who goes out of her way to support all ethnic communities in our multicultural Australia.

The full text of the statement made by Graeme Lyall AM is given below:

There were several inconsistencies in the questions asked in the article which appeared in the "Asian Tribune" article on Virginia Judge MP's visit to Sri Lanka on the 31st of August, 2005.

1. Why is the NSW parliament sending money?

The NSW parliament did not send any money. The alleged donation taken to Sri Lanka by Virginia Judge would have been from private donations for tsunami victims. Australians donated many millions of dollars not for any specific group, be they Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims or whatever group. We are not interested in people's background or political persuasion. If they are suffering, they need help.

2. The NSW parliament did not pick her as the courier. She went as a private observer and, if she took funds, as alleged, she would have handed them to those best able to help those in need. The fact that she is a Member of the NSW Parliament is irrelevant.

As it had nothing to do with the NSW parliament, questions 3 and 4 do not apply.

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