I was pleased to relaunch the Australian-Ukrainian Parliamentary Group last night. As Deputy Chair I look forward to continuing my long association with this group and the Ukrainian Community to develop closer relations between our two countries.
Good to have representatives of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations, Chair Chris Crewther and the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the event.
I am pleased that the Government and Opposition have a strong bipartisan commitment to Australia’s relationship with Ukraine, including our determination to bring to justice the perpetrators of the MH17 attack.
Thank you to Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations for acknowledging my commitment to Australia-Ukraine relations as Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group.
I am pleased to accept this award in memory of my late father-in-law, John Bilyk, who was born in Ukraine.