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Lisa Singh to take over as Director of the Australia India Institute


By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 30 August 2021: Lisa Singh, former Australian Senator and first female MP of South Asian descent is the new Director of the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne.

Lisa Singh is the Deputy Chair of the Australia India Council and also sits on the advisory committees of the University of Melbourne’s Asialink and the University of New South Wales’ Australian Human Rights Institute.

Ms. Singh has been a long-term advocate for a deeper Australia-India relationship. In 2014, she was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the President of India, for building friendly Australia-India relations, the highest civilian honor for a person of Indian origin.

Ms. Singh said she was honored to take up the role and intends to work with a range of leaders in Australia and India to advance the political and economic agenda.

“The Australia-India relationship is going through a transformative period. I believe its success will be dependent on the effort and collaboration that governments, business, and institutes like the AII put into it,” she said.

“It’s important we nurture the academic and research capabilities in the relationship. But it needs to be done by focusing on shared priorities. That way partnerships for both nations will be enduring and mutually beneficial.”

“COVID-19 restrictions have stymied the education sector. The sooner Indian students can return to Australia to complete their qualifications the better. I hope to play a role to help facilitate a pathway for that to happen,” Ms. Singh said while expressing concern over the significant impact of the pandemic on the sector.

Ms. Singh was previously Head of Government Advocacy at Minderoo Foundation (Walk Free initiative), a philanthropic organization founded by Andrew and Nicola Forrest to address some of the most challenging global issues.

She starts in her new role on 8 September.

Lisa Singh: ‘High priority’ India, not because of political challenges from China; ties beyond internal politics


By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 20 August 2021: Former Tasmania Labor MP and the Deputy Chair of the Australia India Council, Lisa Singh says India is a ‘high priority’ country for India, but this should not be seen from the prism of political challenges from China. Lisa was speaking at an online webinar (19 August 2021) ‘The State of India and Australia relations’ organized by the La Trobe Asia. She also welcomed the appointment of former Australian PM Tony Abbott as The Australian PM Scott Morrison’s Special Trade Representative to India and welcomes his recent visit there.

Lisa Singh whose ancestors migrated to Fiji Islands from India explained the importance of the fast-growing Indian economy and its importance for Australia. She also pressed for using the 700,000 Indian Diaspora as an asset and detailed the various grants given by the Australia India Council.

On a question by South Asia Times about India’s reluctance for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) fearing a flood of dairy and food products to India, Lisa said it won’t be easy but was necessary for both the countries:

Source- La Trobe Asia

Speaking about internal issues in India that are creating concern, Lisa felt relations between the two countries are beyond the internal politics of both the countries:

Source- La Trobe Asia

Major parties should democratise to reengage with voters: Lisa Singh

SAFOL Victoria team with Senator Lisa Singh in Melbourne. Photo: SAT

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 2 Aug: “Major political parties should democratise to be able to re-engage with the voters, says Lisa Singh, newly elected member of the Australian Senate from Tasmania. Relegated to the sixth position on the ticket by the ALP, Lisa resurrected from the bottom to win as the 4th ALP winning candidate with around 21,000 votes. In all, the ALP won five seats, the maximum from any state.

“People’s power made me win as they were not happy me being pushed to the 6th position,” Lisa told a delegation of Subcontinent Friends of Labour (SCFOL) from Victoria, who met her today to congratulate her on her victory.

A confident Lisa said, “There was momentum in the community and people did not join the ALP for back-room deals.

Lisa Singh was congratulated on her Senate victory by the SCFOL Victoria team consisting of Alok Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Neeraj Nanda,Aakash Kumar, Vinayak Kolape, Dinesh Chauhan and Abhimanyu Kumar.

Lisa Singh who has been in politics for over ten years, said, “the election campaign was in response to what people wanted her to do and the result a recognition of the work I have done.”

On a SAT question over being dropped from the Shadow Ministry, she said, “I am disappointed but being on the backbench gives me a new set of freedom”.

“I stand for the people who elected me,” she said.

Senator Lisa Singh is the only South Asian origin MP in the current Australian Parliament.

- SAT News Service.