The Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance (ATA-A) congratulates Ms Gladys Berejiklian for her ascension into the premiership of one of the most diverse and multicultural states in the world, New South Wales (NSW).

Daughter of an Armenian immigrant family, Ms Berejiklian has proven to us all that Australia is a land of opportunity and a fair go for all.

As the premier of NSW, we are confident that she will be a strong advocate for delivering services, growing the economy and strengthening diversity through multiculturalism.

We have no doubt that she will be pursuing the greater good for all of those in NSW.

Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in Ms Berejiklian’s life and for the state of NSW and we hope she will stand up against discrimination and racism in all of its forms.

We are hopeful that Premier Berejiklian will be open to due process and build consensus on contentious matters, which may affect our community.

We wish Ms Berejiklian success in building a better NSW and once again we reiterate our readiness to contribute all that we can.

The Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance is the peak representative of the Australian-Turkish community on all matters of common interest to members of our community. Our focus is on the welfare and progress of Australians with Turkish heritage, to promote their interests and defend them against attacks based on their cultural identity.