Tag: Daniel Andrews

Labor’s Diwali gift: Indian precinct in Melbourne

Photo: SAT/NN

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 25 October: Leader of opposition in Victoria and Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Hon. Daniel Andrews, today announced Labor will build an, ‘Indian Cultural Precinct’ in Melbourne, if elected to govern Victoria on 29 November, when Victoria goes to polls to elect a new government. The surprise Diwali gift was announced by Hon. Daniel Andrews at the Federation Square Diwali event, organised by the Celebrate India.

The historic announcement by Hon. Daniel Andrews was cheered by thousands of Diwali celebrants in the heart of the city. The announcement is being seen as a pre poll wooing of the Indian community as well as the culmination of the struggle of the ‘Little India’ precinct traders in Dandenong, which the Places Victoria has earmarked for redevelopment. The ‘Little India’ traders have been agitating for a long time demanding compensation for loss of business as a consequence of Places Victoria’s decision to get rid of the precinct. Labor’s announcement is expected to boost its chances further in the next month’s Victorian elections where it is already ahead of the Coalition in opinion polls.

In his announcement Hon. Daniel Andrews did not mention ‘Little India’ but said, “Victoria’s Indian community is Australia’s largest, but doesn’t have a precinct to call its own – Labor will fix this.”

He said, ” The Greek community celebrate in Lonsdale Street, there is Chinatown on Little Bourke, Lygon Street is richly Italian and the Vietnamese have Little Saigon in Footscray – Melbourne will now have an Indian cultural
precinct as well.”

“This will be a place to hold festivals, a hub to support businesses, a draw card to attract tourists – it will be a
meeting place for the entire community,” he said.

Mr. Andrews also said Labor will undertake a process to find the most appropriate location and what the precinct will

comprise of in consultation with communities and organisations.

Many Indians including Little India traders, community leaders and political activists who were present at the Federation Square expressed their happiness at the announcement.

An official media release from Hon. Daniel Andrews’s office is expected soon.

- SAT News Service.

Daniel Andrews: Labour will not increase GST


By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, May 15: The Leader of opposition in Victoria, Mr. Daniel Andrews today said a future Labour government in Victoria will neither increase GST nor expand its reach. He was answering to a question during a media conference today by SAT, whether Federal cuts to education and health could lead to increase in GST in Victoria.
Mr. Andrews said, “Tony Abbott and Nepthine could allot billions for the proposed ‘East-West Link’ but not for hospitals and schools.”
He also criticised the proposed cuts to the ABC and SBS calling them “mean spirited”.
“If you cut like this it is disfranchising the people. The cutbacks from Canberra we have to fix them as a priority,” he said.
Mr. Andrews also touched his ‘Project 10,000 – Trains, Roads and Jobs’ plan for Victoria. The plan envisages removing 50 worst level crossings, build a Melbourne Metro Rail, get 5,000 trucks a day off the West Gate Bridge, $ 2 billion for roads and create 10,000 construction jobs.
“We need a world class transport system, new stations in the city and doubling the size of the city loop,” he said.
Shadow Minister for Public Transport, Jill Hennessy MP was also present at the media conference held in Parliament House. She further detailed the ‘Project 10,000’ and answered questions from media persons.

- SAT news Service.

Daniel Andrews for small focussed delegations to India


By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 20 March: The Leader of Opposition, Mr. Daniel Andrews today said he preferred smaller specialist delegations to India for enhancing trade, education, art and culture between India and Australia instead of large trade delegations. Mr. Andrews came out with this suggestion during talks today with Indian Consul General in Melbourne, Marika Jain at his city office, Spring Street.
Marika Jain and Daniel Andrews discussed many social and other issues related to the Indian community in Victoria. Marika Jain raised the issue of lack of support for victims of domestic violence among Indian international students, and felt the Victorian government should help such victims. She also raised the issue of lack of proper guidance for newly arrived students.
Daniel Andrews assured to fully address issues relating to international students if Labour wins office in the coming elections. He also felt the need to improve facilities for teaching Indian languages in Victorian schools.
The Leader of Opposition also raised the importance of scientific and IT relations between the two countries.
Marika Jain invited Mr. Daniel Andrews to visit India and he agreed to it.
Mr. Jasvinder Singh, Advisor to Daniel Andrews was present during the talks between the two.

- SAT News Service

Daniel Andrews slams proposed changes to Racial Discrimination Act

Leader of Opposition, Mr. Daniel Andrews addressing the multicultural media. Photo: SAT

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 05 March: The Abbott governments proposed changes to the Sec 18 (c) of the Racial Discrimination Act have come under heavy criticism from the Victorian Labour Party. Leader of Opposition, Mr. Daniel Andrews denounced the proposed changes which he said could water down the law against hate speech, racial vilification, hateful writing and preaching among others.
The Leader of Opposition was addressing media persons at a multicultural media event in the Victorian Parliament.
He said Victorian Labour was against proposed changes to the Sec 18 (c) of the Racial Discrimination Act and said the ruling Victorian government and the Liberal Party have not spoken against it. Daniel also attacked the proposed cut to funding of multicultural bodies started by the previous Labour government in Canberra.
The funding cuts, Daniel said, were targeted against the Migrant Communities Employment Fund (MCEF) and the Building Multicultural Communities Fund (BMCF) which may lose around $ 6.6 m and $ 14 m funding from the Federal government.
On a question by SAT on the threat to ABC and SBS funding, Mr. Andrews said, “He was worried about the future of the ABC and SBS.”
About Victoria, Daniel said, “I will stand up for Victoria, if anyone does anything wrong”
The Leader of Opposition expressed anguish at the rising crime in Victoria and said, “The crime rate in Victoria has gone up in three years in Victoria and that was bad news.”

- SAT News Service