Mr SOUTHWICK — It is fitting that next week we celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 63rd Independence Day. Australia and Israel are strong friends, sharing values of tolerance and freedom. It is an important day for friends of Israel across Victoria. Not only is the survival and growth of Israel critical to the Jewish community but the contribution of Israel’s innovation and entrepreneurship benefits all of us. I look forward to marking this occasion together with both sides of the house at an event organised by the Zionist Council of Victoria and the Jewish Community Council of Victoria in an upcoming sitting week.