Today I wish to pay tribute to an outstanding Jewish Australian, Mr Vic Alhadeff. Mr Alhadeff recently announced that he will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Board of Deputies after 16 years in the job.
Mr Alhadeff has distinguished himself as a principled and upright leader within the broader Jewish community, and has made an invaluable contribution to public debate in Australia on antisemitism, multiculturalism, religious freedom, the State of Israel, and public policy in general.
I would like to thank Mr Alhadeff for his enormous contribution to the Jewish community, and to public life in this state.
I understand Mr Alhadeff will be continuing in his role for a few months yet until a replacement is elected early next year. He will then serve as a consultant on the Board of Deputies.
I wish Mr Alhadeff and his wife Nadene all the best as they retire from what has, no doubt, been a demanding but rewarding full-time role.