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Queensland Parliament Supports the Internation Day of Peace, 21 September 2007

In an Australian first, a Proclamation for Peace was today read by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, Mike Reynolds, during a function at Parliament House.

Mr Reynolds is the first Speaker of an Australian parliament to read such a Proclamation marking the United Nations' International Day of Peace.

Mr Reynolds read the Proclamation while addressing a Youth Celebration of the International Day of Peace held today and said that the Parliament was proud to support the International Day of Peace.

"It's great to see young people taking the lead on this most important issue," Mr Reynolds said.

"Queensland's leaders of the future are demonstrating a commitment to peace and our state is strengthened by that.

The ceremony was chaired by Lars Olsen, the 2007 Suncorp Young Queenslander of the Year.

One-hundred and fifty school children from across Queensland participated in the event, which included the planting of 'Pinwheels for Peace' on the Speaker's Green.

As well, a peace cake was cut by Michael Choi, MP, the Peace bell was rung by the Speaker, peace messages were read by school students and peace songs were sung by students from the Australian International Islamic College and The Gap State School.

This event precedes a Youth Peace Parliament also to be held at the Queensland Parliament next week.

These events have been sponsored by the International Day of Peace Alliance. Alliance spokesperson Mr Richard Cowley said it was fantastic that the Queensland Parliament has provided Queensland school children with the opportunity to become a part of UN peace activities.

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Peace Day 2007