Tag: India-Australia

Best Wishes from Federal Labor Member for Batman David Feeney on Indian Independence Day.

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As India celebrates its 70th year of independence, it is my great pleasure to extend my best wishes to those celebrating this auspicious occasion in my local community and wider Victoria.

The Indian community is one of the largest ethnic communities in our local area with around 5000 local residents born in India in 2016, a number that continues to grow. Many others enjoy ties to the people and culture of India.

I cannot think of a better day to recognise and appreciate the tremendous contribution that Australians of Indian Heritage have made to our political, economic and cultural life.

Should you require any assistance on Federal Government issues such as Medicare, Centrelink, and immigration, please contact my office at (03) 0416 8690 or email me at david.feeney.mp@aph.com.au. My staff will be more than happy to assist you.

Again, my warmest greetings for a joyful celebration of Indian Independence Day.

Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary honoured


By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 27 December, 2016: Speaker of the Bihar Assembly Mr. Vijay Kumar Chaudhary was warmly welcomed here by Mr. Bruce Atkinson, President of the Victorian Legislative Council with morning tea in the morning at the Langham Hotel. Mr. Atkinson and Mr. Chaudhary discussed mutual issues and exchanged their experiences as Speakers.


Later in the evening Mr. Chaudhary attended a meet and greet evening in Nunawading where a large number of community members, South Asian Public Affairs Council(SAPAC) and Subcontinent Friends of Labour (SCFOL) members were present.

Addressing the gathering both the Speakers emphasised in importance of friendship between India and Australia and the need to further strengthen it. Mr. Chaudhary said he was impressed the way the Indian and Bihar communities were contributing to the social, economic and political life here.


Mr. Atkinson presented a memento to Mr. Chaudhary and hoped bonds between the two countries will further strengthen. Mr. Chaudhury invited those present to visit Bihar and enjoy his hospitality. Mr. Manoj Kumar later addressed the gathering detailing the political career of Mr. Chaudhary and his achievements.

Among others present were Mr. Alok Kumar, Mr. Aakash Kumar, Mr. Dinesh Chauhan, Mr. Kaushal Srivastava, Mr. Sepal Patel, Mr. Neeraj Nanda, Mr. Namdhari and hosts Mr. Rajneesh and family members.

The event wrapped up with dinner and networking. The visitor posed for photographs with those present.

- SAT News Service.

Social unrest will not affect Gujarat business atmosphere: Top bureaucrat

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Vibrant Gujarat delegation with local participants at the road show at the Indian Consulate, Melbourne. Photo : SAT/NN.

By Neeraj Nanda in Melbourne

Melbourne, 1 August: “Social unrest’ is not likely to affect business atmosphere in Gujarat, says top bureaucrat Mr. Pankaj Kumar, IAS (1986 batch of Gujarat cadre) and leader of the ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ delegation visiting Australia now. This was said one day before the current Chief Minister Anandiben, offered to quit and said she wanted a new leader to be at the Vibrant Gujarat – 2017 summit.

Mr. Pankaj is leading a delegation of prominent officials of top companies in Gujarat and holding road shows in different Australian cities promoting Vibrant Gujarat 2017 to be held in Gandhinagar from 10-13 January next year.

The road show held at the Indian Consulate in Melbourne, saw many impressive power point presentations including ones by Ms Rohini Kapadath, Chair Multicultural Ministerial Advisory Council and Mr. Pankaj himself. A video on Gujarat’s business friendliness was also shown.

During the Q-A session, I asked the lone question about ‘social unrest’ in Gujarat and its effect on the business atmosphere in the state. Mr. Pankaj said, “The Guajarati’s have business in their blood and these things do not effect business.”

The obvious reference was to the recent Patidar (Patel) and Dalit agitations in the state which, many media reports indicate, question the credibility of the current CM to handle them, in the light of coming state elections in Punjab and Utter Pradesh. Though, some suspect, infighting within the ruling party also playing a big role in CM Anandiben’s decision to quit.

Talking to SAT, delegation member Mrs. Manjula Pooja, Kalorex Group said, “your question was relevant, but things are not as bad as it is sought to be projected.”

Earlier, in her address, AIBC National Chair, Sheba Nandkeolyar said, “hope the delegation will form meaningful business alliances in Australia.”

The event was also addressed by Mr. Stephen Manallack, President AIBC Victoria Chapter, H E Ms Manika Jain, Consul General of India in Melbourne, Ms. Amanda Pickrell, Victoria Government and Mr. Deepak Goyal,Analyst KPMG.

- SAT News Service.

Aust.-India social security pact to help pensioners


By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 11 January: Retirees of India and Australia living in each other’s countries will now have their respective pensions protected. Australians living in India and Indians living in Australia will now now be able to claim their respective pensions while living in the other country.

“A new social security agreement between Australia and India is now in force, making retirement easier for residents of both countries,” says a media release.

The agreement was signed between the two countries during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here in November last year.

Federal Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter and Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer, Kelly O’Dwyer said the Commonwealth Government wants to make sure people who live and work in more than one country are not disadvantaged.

“This agreement will give people more freedom to move between Australia and India, knowing their pension rights will be recognized and protected,” Minister Porter said.

“Australian residents living in India will be able to claim the Australian Age Pension without having to return to Australia, while Indian residents living in Australia will have access to Indian retirement pensions. It’s a win-win.”

Minister O’Dwyer said the agreement would improve economic links between Australia and India.

“As a result of this agreement, temporarily seconded workers, and their employers, will only have to make compulsory contributions into their home country’s superannuation or pension system rather than both countries’ systems,” Minister O’Dwyer said.

“This is expected to save Australian businesses operating in India about $10 million per year, and put Australian businesses on an equal footing with their competitors from other countries that already have similar agreements with India.

“Further, it is an important step in strengthening Australia’s relationship with India, and shows the Government’s commitment to the 397,000 Indian-born people living in Australia, who make a substantial contribution to our community.”

Australia now has 30 international social security agreements around the world to support people living and working in more than one country.

These agreements are with Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the USA.

For further information on Australia’s social security agreement with India visit: https://www.dss.gov.au/international/agreement-between-australia-and-the-republic-of-india-on-social-security

-SAT News Service

Andrew Robb leads delegation to India for comprehensive economic pact


By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 25 October: Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb, is on a visit to India (24-29 October) for the fourth time this year to advance Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) negotiations towards an early conclusion.

The Minister is leading a senior delegation of Australian participants in the inaugural Australia India Leadership Dialogue (AILD) in New Delhi and will also meet with high-level investors.
“We have made some good progress in recent months in advancing our mutual aim of concluding CECA negotiations. We are striving for a high quality agreement that will promote increased trade in goods and services as well as investment flows between our two countries. This will help support growth and innovation and importantly create new jobs opportunities for Australia,” Mr Robb said.
“India presents some enormous prospects for Australian exporters on account of a market of 1.2 billion people which includes a rising middle class. In particular, broad ranges of our quality services have the scope to play a notable role in assisting India’s economic transformation. We can provide services directly as well as help build new capacity within the Indian economy to meet increasing demand,” he said.
The AILD will bring together leaders from Australian and Indian business, government and civil society. The respective AILD patrons are Visy Industries Executive Chairman Anthony Pratt and Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra.
“The Leadership Dialogue is a concrete example of our work across the private and public sectors to expand and strengthen links between Australia and India. Importantly, in the tradition of our dialogue with the United States, the Dialogue enjoys strong bipartisan support,” Mr. Robb said.
Participants from Australia will include Attorney General George Brandis, Shadow Trade and Investment Minister Penny Wong, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen, Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh, Foreign Editor of The Australian Greg Sheridan and Director Pratt Industries Ross Fitzgerald who will co-chair the Dialogue with Amitabh Mattoo, the inaugural Director of the Australia-India Institute, among other participants.
“This important initiative to foster deeper relations comes from the momentum generated by the revitalized Australia-India CEO Forum, at which our top business leaders met in June,” Mr Robb said.
In Chennai, Mr. Robb will promote Australia’s world-class research, technology and innovative industries and highlight the expanded opportunities the CECA would offer for two-way trade and investment. He will also meet with senior investors and attend a concert by the internationally renowned Australian World Orchestra, another great Aussie export.
India is Australia’s 12th largest trading partner with two-way trade worth around $15 billion. It is our seventh largest export market.
“The fact our two-way trade with our biggest trading partner China is worth more than $150 billion underscores the enormous growth potential in our economic relationship with India,” Mr. Robb said.

- SAT News Service.