Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (17:52:35): Tonight I wish the happiest of days to Nellie Muddle, who will celebrate her 100th birthday this week. I had the great pleasure of meeting Nellie two years ago at a community event, and we subsequently got together for a coffee at one of our local cafes. In her 100 years Nellie has shown an amazing resilience and has maintained her kindness towards others.

For many, many years Nellie has marked her birthday as a joint occasion with her son, Raymond, who was born on 30 July. However, after receiving congratulatory messages from the Queen, the Prime Minister, the Governor General and his wife and other dignitaries in honour of her 100th birthday, Nellie's first reaction was, "Well that's lovely, even though they got the day wrong." Her birthday is actually 31 July. I understand Nellie will be taking the great step of celebrating on both Thursday and Friday this week so that both of her "birthdays" will be covered.

Happy birthday, Nellie! Wishing you many more years of good health, overwhelming happiness, amazing grace and perfect peace of mind.