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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.

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.