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In response to ongoing community calls for a new government Secondary School to be built in Greenvale, Maria Vamvakinou MP stated today:

“It is clear that the population growth rates of Greenvale and its surrounding area mean that more schools need to be built if we are to address the ongoing educational needs of our local school children.”

Maria Vamvakinou supports calls by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, for an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon.

2006-07-21

Maria Vamvakinou MP stated today: “Like many Australians, I am deeply disturbed by the images of destruction in Lebanon, and by the sheer scale of human suffering that is being inflicted upon its civilian population.”

In response to concerns over a licence renewal for Tullamarine Cleanaway Waste Dump, Maria Vamvakinou MP stated today:

“I completely understand community fears regarding the safety of the Tullamarine Cleanaway Waste dump. Put simply, the Tullamarine Cleanaway Waste dump must close, and I am strongly against any effort to have the tip’s licence renewed.”

Recent survey’s conducted by leading Breast Cancer researchers have found many women from non-English speaking backgrounds do not have easy access to the most up-to-date information about the disease.

The studies have also discovered some women form certain cultural backgrounds harbour misconceptions about Breast Cancer.

Ongoing negotiations over Ajax and concerns over the fate of 10,000 automotive workers

Maria stated today:

“As it stands, the fate of up to 10,000 automotive industry jobs depends on the success of current negotiations aimed at averting the closure of the car component manufacturer Ajax Engineers Fasteners.”

Maria Vamvakinou, Federal Member for Calwell, will address a public meeting on Thursday, 24 October 2005.

The meeting will allow local residents to be better informed about the Howard Governments proposed Industrial Relations changes and learn how the community can fight back.

"There are many working men and women in my electorate who rely on the manufacturing sector for their livelihoods. As companies move their operations overseas, more and more of them are losing their jobs." Ms Vamvakinou said.

Carers Week - 15-21 October

There is an estimated 2.6 million carers in Australia. Carers are usually family members who provide support to children or adults who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or who are frail aged.