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LIDCOMBE, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA, August 17, 2001: The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union announced today the consecration of a statue of Lord Ganesha at their new head office here on August 22, Ganesha Chaturthi. This union had intervened on behalf of a group of Indian stone carvers at a Hindu temple under construction, ultimately winning them substantial wages in line with Australian labor laws. According to their press release, "The workers carved the gift for the CFMEU at the same time the union was fighting to win them their proper wages and entitlements. Ganesha is the elephant-headed Hindu patron of new undertakings and the remover of obstacles. It is traditionally associated with everything new, including buildings and projects. It is appropriate for the CFMEU to have the statue consecrated now, because we have just moved into our new Lidcombe head office. The CFMEU embraces all cultures and the colorful cultural event is being conducted as part of our commitment to encourage a more tolerant society."