I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate my colleague, Reverend the Hon. Fred Nile MLC on his 35th Anniversary of representing the state of New South Wales.
Fred has been a strong representative of Christian values in this place and a stood firm no matter the opposition he has faced. I wish to acknowledge and thank him for his leadership of the Christian Democratic Party and the invaluable legacy that he has established with the New South Wales and Australia. Over 200 guests shared in a special luncheon to celebrate the Rev. the Hon Fred Nile MLC’s 35 years of service in NSW Parliament on Wednesday 30th March.
The NSW Premier Hon Mike Baird MP presented Rev Nile with a commemorative plaque and quoted scripture in reference to Rev Nile’s achievements in Parliament – ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’ (Matthew 25:23). Other Guests at the celebration luncheon included the NSW Treasurer (Hon) Gladys Berejiklian MP and the Upper House Government leader the Hon Duncan Gay MLC. A large number of NSW Members of Parliament attended including Hon Pru Goward MP, Hon Leslie Williams MP, Mrs Tanya Davis MP, Mr Mark Coure MP, Mr Damien Tudehope MP, Mr Garth Ward MP, Hon Paul Green MLC, Hon David Clarke MLC, Hon Catherine Cusack MLC, Hon Scott Farlow MLC, Hon Robert Brown MLC, Hon Robert Borsak MLC, Hon Ben Franklin MLC, Hon Matthew Mason –Cox MLC and Hon David Shoebridge MLC.
The Rev. Hon Fred Nile said “I was deeply moved by the many congratulations I received from a wide range of Members of Parliament and Community Leaders such as the Salvation Army Commissioner James Condon, as well as many ethnic leaders including the Assyrians, Coptic Christians, Chinese Korean, Italian and Greek communities, especially the Greek Consul General Dr Stavros Kyrimis.”
The Rev. Hon Fred Nile renewed his vow from his maiden Speech on the 25th November 1981- “In response to the wishes of more than 200 000 New South Wales citizens who voted for me, in this House I pledge myself to carry out the immediate objectives, so far as I can, of our independent citizens group with the help of God and the assistance of Members of both Houses”.
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