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Daniel Andrews announces $ 14.3 m more for multicultural communities, calling the pandemic the biggest challenge we ever had to face

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 13 August 2020: The Victorian Government is boosting support for multicultural communities across the state so that all Victorians can play their part, help slow the spread of coronavirus, and stay safe.

Describing the pandemic as a ‘great challenge’ Premier Daniel Andrews today announced an additional $14.3 million to reach out to more culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians and ensure they get the support they need, when they need it.

Premier Daniel Andrews told a virtual multicultural media conference today, “We are equal to this task, but it will only work if each and every Victorian plays their part – we’ve got to look out for each other.”
“This is one of the biggest challenges we’ve ever had to face, but by supporting one another, staying home and
slowing the spread of this deadly virus, we’ll get through to the other side,”he said.

The funding includes $6.9 million for expanded health messaging and support for multicultural organizations that work on the ground to deliver emergency relief, such as culturally specific accommodation and food for those self-isolating or in quarantine.

It will also ensure positive cases and their close contacts are cared for and taken through compliance checks in a culturally appropriate way, while also providing cultural advice to support the work of the coronavirus contact tracing team.

A CALD Communities Taskforce will also be established to help multicultural and multifaith communities through the pandemic, with representatives from the Victorian Multicultural Commission and various departments.

The funding package also includes $5.5 million to continue and expand the distribution of vital health advice that has been translated into 55 different languages, ensuring people understand and comply with restrictions designed to keep us safe, with a focus on supporting younger CALD members.

Support for multicultural communities has been rolling out since the beginning of the pandemic, with advertising campaigns on TV, social media, digital platforms, newspapers, and radio, as well as a series of community roundtables.

The latest in-language videos released earlier this week feature frontline health workers speaking about their experiences in Oromo, Vietnamese, Turkish, and Korean.

A further $2 million will go towards translation and interpreter services to meet the increase in demand.

This latest investment builds on the $11.3 million package that was announced in May to help multicultural and multifaith Victorians battle social isolation, engage young people and fund culturally specific family violence support agencies.

Victoria launches ‘Victoria Together’ online portal

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 1 May 2020: To help keep Victorians connected – and help keep our creators creating – the Victorian Government has launched Victoria Together, a new online portal showcasing the best our state has to offer from live music and comedy to the amazing animals at Melbourne Zoo.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today launched the new site as part of a dedicated campaign to help keep Victorians connected as we face coronavirus – together.

Premier Daniel Andrews says, “There’s nothing more Victorian than watching a live gig, trying out a recipe from one of our best chefs, or visit our
outstanding regional galleries – that’s why we’re bringing these experiences into people’s homes.”

“I know we’re asking a lot of Victorians at the moment but following the rules and staying apart keeps us together as a community.”

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley says, “This digital offering will not only share Victorian creative content with more people – but it will also help generate new opportunities for our creative industries hard hit by this pandemic.”

Victoria Together will also be home to a new online series developed with Mushroom Group, State of Music, which will feature weekly performances from some of our best home-grown talent.

The first episode will air this Sunday at 7.30 pm AEST and will be live-streamed on the site. The episode will be hosted by Rosie Beaton and feature an interview with James Reyne and performances from Birds of Tokyo, Diesel, and G Flip.

The project will also produce other local content, dedicated to supporting and sharing the talents of emerging local artists.

In addition to the State of Music project, the site will be supported by a grants and partnerships program of $2.35 million – mainly to help support creators digitize their content and generate new experiences online for Victorians
who are following health directions and staying at home. With many local artists having lost work, ACMI will help lead the curation of this new content from across our creative industries.

To experience everything Victoria Together has to offer, visit together.vic.gov.au.

Daniel Andrews bats for a free press, flays concentration of media ownership and control

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE,29 October 2019: Victorian Premier the Hon. Daniel Andrews today minced no words when he supported a free press and said the media in Australia needed more voices and the concentration of media ownership with control was a matter of concern.

The Premier was answering a question by SAT during an interaction with the Indian media at the Parliament House today to comment on the reported move by the federal government to prosecute journalists in some cases for doing sensitive stories. Newspapers around Australia had blacked out their front pages a few days back in protest.

“We need more voices in the media. The concentration and control of media ownership is a concern to me.

You should be able to follow a story in an ethical framework and you can’t be fearful of simply perusing the truth and adding to the truth and fairness. No journalist should be worried to get penalized for that. No journalist should be fearful of these things,” he said.

The Premier further added, “For the federal government it is a difficult balance to strike and there are security issues. I hope they understand as I do that a free press with more voices in the conversation is critically important.”

“Not just having good values on paper but living these values with quality and inclusion is part of our multicultural nation. And the free press is a very important part of that, he said.

The media interaction also included the Victorian Minister for Planning, Housing, and Multicultural Affairs the Hon. Richard Wynne who detailed the many grants and schemes for the multicultural communities. Also present was the Hon. Robin Scott, Assistant Treasurer and the Minister for Veterans along with other MPs including Kaushaliya Vaghela, Matt Fregon and Paul Hammer.

Daniel Andrews announces $556,000 to kick start Indian Community Centre to be led by the Sankat Mochan Simiti

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 15 September: Local families and community organizations in the south-east will benefit from a new multipurpose Indian Community Centre to be built in Monash.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos today visited the Sankat Mochan Samiti (SMS) Temple in Huntingdale to announce $556,000 to kick-start the project, delivered as part of the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Program.

In honour of the Sankat Mochan Samiti’s 10-year anniversary, and to make sure the project becomes a reality, Premier Andrews committed to a further $500,000 towards the build, under a re-elected Labor Government.

Addressing a large gathering of devotees and community leaders at the temple Premier Daniel Andrews said, “This investment will provide a dedicated space for Victorians of Indian heritage to come together and celebrate their culture and traditions with pride.”

“Labor believes we are stronger for our diversity – and is willing to make the investments to back it up,” he said.

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The Centre will be used for events, festivals, and activities including adult education programs, as well as providing a dedicated space for locals with Indian heritage to come together and celebrate their culture and traditions.

The SMS will lead the development of the Centre, with every Indian community group in Monash able to make use of the facility.

The SMS has grown from a small group of volunteers into a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping those in need, including offering hot meals and helping newly arrived refugee families find their feet.

Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos said, “Every week, the Sankat Mochan Samiti’s volunteers provide a hot meal and a friendly face to hundreds of people in need. This investment will help them continue their vital work.”

Daniel Andrews blueprint aims to double exports to India to $1 billion over the next decade

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Daniel Andrews blueprint aims to double exports to India to $1 billion over the next decade

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 14 January: In a major announcement to boost trade ties with India, Premier Daniel Andrews today announced his government’s action plan to boost exports of food and manufacturing goods to the country. This along with attracting more international students and visitors to Victoria is likely to create jobs and grow the Victorian economy.

Premier Daniel Andrews today unveiled Victoria’s India Strategy: Our Shared Future ahead of his first official visit to India this week.

The Premier said, “This blueprint is all about expanding our footprint in one of the world’s leading economies, which will boost Victorian businesses and create jobs for locals. We have a plan and we’re getting it done.

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Our tourism, international education, sport and cultural and innovation offerings are the envy of the world. We want India to experience for themselves the best of everything Victoria produces.”

“We’ve worked closely with leaders and industry experts from the Australian Indian community on ways we can make our state’s bond with India even stronger,” he said.

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The Premier said, “This blueprint is all about expanding our footprint in one of the world’s leading economies, which will boost Victorian businesses and create jobs for locals. We have a plan and we’re getting it done.

Our tourism, international education, sport and cultural and innovation offerings are the envy of the world. We want India to experience for themselves the best of everything Victoria produces.”

“We’ve worked closely with leaders and industry experts from the Australian Indian community on ways we can make our state’s bond with India even stronger,” he said.

A media release from the Premier’s office says the strategy will create jobs and grow the Victorian economy by:

“Doubling the value of goods exports – such as food and manufacturing goods – to India from a five-year annual average of $500 million to almost $1 billion by 2027, increasing the number of Indian postgraduate research students in Victoria by 25 per cent doubling the number of Victorian businesses engaged in India from 150 to 300 and nearly tripling the expenditure by Indian visitors to Victoria to $885 million.”

Mr Andrews will travel to India on Monday, where he will showcase Victoria’s strengths as a world-class destination for international education, tourism, sports, culture and innovation. The Premier will visit New Delhi and Bengaluru and is expected to meet Indian Government Ministers and officials apart from other functions.

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Others who addressed the function at the Melbourne University included Prof Robin Jaffery (Australia India Institute), HE High Commissioner of India to Canberra, Dr. A. M. Gondane, Mitu Bhowmick Lange (Mind Blowing Films) and the Acting VC of the Melbourne University.