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Local residents struggling to make ends meet.

ABS figures released today reveal that Australian households now owe 1 trillion dollars in personal debt. This amounts to an average of $125,000 per household, meaning that personal debt levels have doubled in the last 5 years.

Maria Vamvakinou MP supports the community campaign to have Tullamarine Cleanaway Waste Dump closed.

Maria Vamvakinou attended last nights public meeting of the Terminate Tulla Toxic Dump Action Group last night, held in Gladstone Park. Maria Vamvakinou has been a long time supporter of community calls to have the Tullamarine Tip closed given the potential health risks and dangers it poses to the local community.

Re: EPA decision to grant a works approval to BIS Cleanaway to establish an oily leachate facility at the Tullamarine Landfill

"Like many in the local community, I am disappointed by the EPA's decision to grant a works approval to BIS Cleanaway to establish an oily leachate handling facility at the Tullamarine Cleanaway Waste Dump" Maria Vamvakinou stated today.

Howard’s Comments Targeting Australia’s Muslim Community Leaders are both Divisive and Wrong

The Prime Minister’s suggestion in The Australian today that moderate leaders in Australia’s Muslim communities are “pussyfooting around” by failing to renounce terrorism, is grossly misleading and contrary to fact.

In a citizenship discussion paper released last Sunday, the Parliamentary Secretary of Immigration Andrew Robb has proposed that new migrants to Australia should be required to know Australia's history, culture and values, as well as English before being granted citizenship.
Maria Vamvakinou MP, Federal Member for Calwell today congratulated The School of Good Shepherd and Roxburgh College for being one of 43 schools to receive a highly commended award and $5,000 in prize money for their commitment to improving literacy and numeracy standards.

ASK YOUR PHARMACIST WEEK 2006 (25-30 SEPTEMBER)

Maria Vamvakinou MP is getting behind the local community in support of this year's 'Ask Your Pharmacist Week', 25-30 September.

“I fully support renewed calls for a formal investigation into the high cost of petrol price in Australia” Ms Vamvakinou said.

“I think it’s fair to say that consumers are being robbed blind by the large oil companies. In effect, millions of Australians are paying to line the pockets of big oil companies that record multi-million dollar profits year in and year out.”