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Subcontinent Friends of Labor and the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations welcome Victoria’s $45 million Corona crisis package for international students

Davendra Singh & Manoj Kumar. (Photo taken before the COVID-19 crisis)

MELBOURNE, 4 May 2020: The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) and the Subcontinent Friends of Labor Victoria (SCFOL Vic), has welcomed the $45 million International Students Emergency Relief Fund announced recently by the Hon. Daniel Andrews Labor government in Victoria.

Like other support groups, the SCFOL Vic and the CAPA International Officer Devendra Singh have been strongly advocating the government to look after the wellbeing of international students affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Kaushaliya Vaghela MP visited RMIT international students during their orientation day. (The photo was taken before the COVID-19 crisis).

The SCFOL Victoria Chairperson Mr. Manoj Kumar has thanked the Victorian Government for supporting international students during these tough times. Mr. Kumar also thanked Victorian MP Kaushaliya Vaghela for her direct advocacy for this cause to the Victorian government. On 23 April, addressing the Victorian Parliament gave her ‘Members Statement ’, highlighting her views about the sufferings of the international students due to the current pandemic.

Devendra Singh says the recent Victorian government announcement is a step towards the betterment of international students in the current situation. International students are an integral part of the multicultural community and international education is an important export industry in Victoria.

“It is the responsibility of the government to look after the well-being of the individuals who have trusted them and made Victoria their second home. This crucial step by the government is beneficial for the students and the state alike, both socially and economically. It will go a long way in enriching and cultivating the ever-growing culture of Victoria,” Mr. Singh says.

Vic budget allocation for Hallam Rd, Evans Rd & S. Gippsland Hwy intersection


By SAT Community reporter

Melbourne, 27 April: The Victorian Budget presented yesterday in the Parliament has allocated $38.4 million for the duplication of Hallam Road between Ormond Road and the South Gippsland Highway as well as a major upgrade to the intersection of Hallam Road, Evens Road and South Gippsland Highway.

Labor activist and ex-federal candidate of Menzies, Manoj Kumar along with local residents had raised the issue for fixing the dangerous intersection of Hallam Rd, Evans Road and South Gippsland Highway at Hampton Park by introducing a Traffic management System.

The petition signed by residents in the Casey and surrounding areas were drawn to the attention of Luke Donnellan (then Shadow Roads Safety Minister) and local Cranbourne MP Hon. Jude Perera as a matter of urgency.

The petition also mentioned that during peak times of travel, motorists were finding it difficult to turn onto South Gippsland Highway. Local residents and devotees who visited the Lynbrook Sikh Temple found it difficult to pass through the junction.

The petitioners had requested the state government either to introduce traffic lights or the establishment of a roundabout at the intersection to alleviate this problem. Local MP Hon. Jude Perera pledged to take up this issue further after the Sikh Temple officials handed over a petition to him.

The petition was handed over to local MP Hon. Jude Perera by Temple officials in the presence of devotees, local residents, Shadow minister of Road Safety Hon. Luke Donnellan MP and Mr. Manoj Kumar local labor activist.

Later Mr. Manoj Kumar followed up the issue with Minister Hon.Luke Donnellan and MP and Hon. Jude Perera to get approval of funding for this project.

Talking to South Asia Times (SAT), Mr. Manoj Kumar expressed his happiness and gave credit for this achievement to the local residents, the Roads Safety minister Hon.Luke Donnellan MP and Hon. Jude Perera MP.

Mr.Kumar has urged the Casey Council to change the name of Evans Road to Nanaksar Road from the intersection till it meets Thomson Rd. to respect the 1st Sikh Guru ‘Guru Nanak Dev Ji’. The signature campaign for the same is already in progress.

- SAT News Service.

Manoj Kumar appointed to the ‘Subcontinent Ministerial Consultative Committee’

By our community reporter

Melbourne: In a significant development Mr. Manoj Kumar, community and ALP activist has been selected to join the federal ‘Subcontinent Ministerial Consultative Committee’. The committee works under the, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Hon. Chris Bowen MP & Minister for Sport, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Honourable Kate Lundy and will advise them on various issues related to the Subcontinent people in Australia.

The committee aims to increase and improve engagement with ethnic communities on their issues of concern, to assist service delivery to ethnic communities and to improve the dissemination of information on the Government’s policies.
The committee is expected to identify a couple of issues significant to the Australian-Sub-Continent communities to work through and will meet as and when necessary. In addition to the co-chairs, there will be approximately 10 committee members.
Mr. Manoj Kumar has recently been active in the Little India movement, inclusion of Hindi in Australian curriculum issue and many other social and community issues.