Mr SOUTHWICK (Caulfield) — It was my pleasure today to co‑host the opening of the Israel Innovation for a Better World exhibition. The exhibition, which is running at the Parliament of Victoria from 5 to 9 May, features displays of Israel’s great start‑up, can‑do attitude from SodaStream to ReWalk to Check Point security, Gilat Satellite Networks, Hanita Pacific, Maze, Solar Edge Technologies, Mobileye, Yissum, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Technion University. I congratulate the Zionist Council of Victoria for seeing this fantastic initiative highlighting the great achievements of Israel come to fruition, and may I say how proud I am to work with such a great organisation that is so passionate about what it does.
In particular I applaud the efforts of council executive director Jane Rapke and communications and events coordinator Brenda Segal, who have done an extraordinary job in seeing a true portrayal of Israel come to light in this fantastic display. This is particularly important given these times and will help dispel the myths of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and those who seek to destroy Israel’s reputation. I also recognise the great efforts by students from the Australasian Union of Jewish Students, who are kindly assisting by guiding guests through the displays.