On March 18 2009, the Hon. Alan Ferguson, Australian Liberal Senator for South Australia delivered a speech in the Senate criticizing Michael Atkinson, the Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Minister for Multicultural Affairs in the Labor government in South Australia for the latter's slanderous remarks during the opening of a so-called "Pontian" genocide plaque in Adelaide, Australia. The Hon. Ferguson said that Mr. Atkinson’s remarks were ill-judged and damaging to the excellent relations between Turkey and Australia.

In his speech Senator Ferguson also commended the achievements of the Turkish-Australian community living in Australia. He also referred to the unforgettable remarks of the founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to the mothers of the fallen ANZACs at Gallipoli.

We, the undersigned, thank Senator Alan Ferguson for his invaluable speech made on 18 March 2009 in the Senate, which was labeled “The Turkish-Australian Community”.

We, the undersigned, also would like to state that by delivering such a speech Senator Ferguson set forth a firm stand against those who try to make use of distorted historical events for their political ambitions to the detriment of the multiethnic and multicultural harmony in our country, Australia.

We, the undersigned, fully support Senator’s Ferguson’s firm and unequivocal stand through which he re-affirmed the importance of the wonderful ties between Australia and Turkey.

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