Tag: Mr. Alan Tudge MP

‘Sophisticated digital system’ for incoming international passengers from next year: Alan Tudge


By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 6 November 2020: Australia will have a sophisticated digital system for incoming international travelers from next year in its battle to keep the COVID-19 virus out of the country. The system will detect from incoming documents if an incoming traveler landing in Australia has had an anti-Carona vaccine or not, Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs, Mr. Alan Tudge told a multicultural media conference today on a question by South Asia Times (SAT).

The passengers who are found to be vaccinated are then likely to be exempted from quarantine requirements, the Minister disclosed.

Mr. Tudge said, ” It is a tough challenge opening up international borders as the anticipated vaccine is expected only by mid- next year.”

The Minister also touched on the government’s vaccine plans, international students, and mental health issues. “The Government has under its COVID mental health campaign increased medicare visits for mental health consultations from 10 to twenty, ” he said.

204,817 become new Australian citizens in the 2019-20 financial year


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 25 July 2020: More than 200,000 people have pledged their allegiance to Australia and become new citizens in the past 12 months. In the 2019-20 financial year, 204,817 people were conferred Australian citizenship – a 60 percent increase on the previous financial year and the highest number on record.

This includes 38,209 migrants from India, 8,821 from Pakistan, 6,195 from Sri Lanka, and 5,102 from Afghanistan. Others who took citizenship include 25,011 from the UK, 14,764 from China, 12,838 from the Philippines, 6,804 from Vietnam, 5,438 from South Africa, 5,367 from New Zealand, and 76,268 from other countries.

Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said citizenship was an important part of Australia’s success as a socially cohesive, multicultural nation.

“Becoming an Australian citizen means more than just living and working here – it’s a pledge of allegiance to our nation, our people, and our values,” Mr. Tudge said.

“When someone becomes a citizen, they make a pledge to uphold Australia’s rights, liberties, laws, and democratic values. It represents a willingness to integrate into our successful multicultural nation.”

“Being an Australian citizen is an immense privilege, which brings both rights and responsibilities. I congratulate all those who have taken this important step.”

A media release from the office of Mr. Alan Tudge says, ” The Government moved quickly to start online ceremonies when COVID-19 restrictions forced in-person ceremonies to stop and to date, more than 60,000 people have been conferred citizenship in this way.

Small in-person ceremonies resumed on 3 June. Online ceremonies will also continue for the foreseeable future for councils unable to host in-person ceremonies in a COVID-safe way.

The Department of Home Affairs has also resumed citizenship interviews and testing, in line with COVID-19 health advice. Small numbers of appointments have begun in Perth and Sydney and more will be rolled out in other locations as soon as possible.”

Alan Tudge praises & thanks multicultural communities for supporting bushfire-ravaged communities

Photo: @AlanTudgeMP

By SAT News Desk

SYDNEY, 21 January 2020: The federal government has thanked the multicultural communities for providing the much-needed supplies and support to bushfire-ravaged communities this summer.

Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge met with about 50 community leaders in Sydney on Monday (20 January 2020) to thank them for their efforts.

“We often say that we are the greatest multicultural nation in the world, and what better demonstration of that than the work these communities have been doing,” Mr. Tudge said.

“We’ve seen Buddhist monks giving massages to firefighters, Muslim builders putting on barbeques for survivors, Irish truck drivers delivering hundreds of thousands of liters of water, and the Sikh and Hindu communities delivering meals and essential items.

“In crises like these, it is heartening that all Australians, no matter what our background or where we were born, come together to help each other.”

Multicultural communities have also led much-needed fundraising efforts, with the Australian Chinese Charity Foundation alone raising more than $110,000 for the Salvation Army.

“The work of many community groups often goes unnoticed, but it’s important to recognize and acknowledge their valuable contribution,” Mr. Tudge said.

“I commend all those groups who have selflessly given their time and energy to lend a hand to help fire-affected communities.

Mr. Tudge will also be meeting with community leaders in Melbourne soon to thank them for their ongoing efforts in the Victorian bushfire emergency.