Ku-ring-gai Diwali Celebration
Mr ALISTER HENSKENS (Ku-ring-gai—Minister for Skills and Training, Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology, Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, and Minister for Sport) (23:59): Ku-ring-gai is rich in its multicultural communities, from its Chinese Australian to Indian Australian communities. Recently the Indian Australian community celebrated Diwali. Also known as the Festival of Lights, it is one of the most important festivals within Hinduism and Sikhism. The festival celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and the human ability to overcome. On 30 August, two days after the beginning of the festival, the local community gathered at Ku-ring-gai Town Hall at Pymble to mark the occasion. It was a night of brilliant Indian music and dance. I was generously asked to light the diyas, or the lamp, which is a widespread custom for Hindus. I am proud that the New South Wales Government has invested $28 million in the 2022-23 budget for our multicultural communities, which contribute greatly to our country. I thank and commend Barbara Ward, a great community leader who organised the event through Share, a not-for-profit organisation that enriches the lives of the elderly from culturally diverse communities. I wish everyone a happy Diwali.