I would like to congratulate the City of Yarra and the City of Darebin on deciding to no longer conduct citizenship ceremonies on 26 January. Other councils are considering doing the same. It is up to councils when their citizenship ceremonies are held.
I rise with great pleasure to congratulate Margaret Blakers, who, along with many other extraordinary Australians, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia. Margaret is an amazing and inspiring person who has great foresight and vision, boundless energy, peerless networking and leadership skills, and so many other accomplishments. She has been a wonderful support to many people over the years including me and my colleague Greg Barber, who says she 'took him under her wing' when he first joined the Greens.