A multicultural fusion of nationalities was the focus of the Federal Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism launch in Victoria.
The launch was held at Alphington Grammar School on Friday (June 21), and attended by many diverse nationalities and community representatives.

 The Calwell electorate will be one of ten chosen localities across Australia to benefit from a $304 million package aimed at tackling unemployment.
The initiative proposed by the Department of Education will focus on drawing on the local community expertise to help families and individuals access services they need to participate in education and employment programs.

Tackling  unemployment  was a priority at a roundtable held at the Hume Global Learning Village on June 9.
Minister for Human Services Tanya Plibersek and Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou met with community groups to discuss initiatives as part of the Federal Government’s $304 million budget allocation, aimed at helping 10 electorates in need  across Australia.

An  unusual  alliance between a first generation migrant  and fourth generation Australian has bridged the cultural  divide and  seen the timely launch of the Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism.At the launch in parliament house on March 24, Labor Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou and Liberal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said as the group’s co-convenors they were united in promoting the benefits of multiculturalism.

The world wide appeal of Australia’s multicultural society was evident at a function held in Parliament House, Canberra this morning.
More than 50 diplomats and 40 members of parliament attended the Federal Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism about “The Role of Diplomats in Multicultural Australia”.

A new tool has been launched to help people from non-English speaking backgrounds understand their rights as consumers said Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury.
Mr Bradbury joined Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou on World Consumer Rights Day (March 15), in Broadmeadows to announce that Your Shopping Rights fact sheet will now be available in 29 community languages.


A $7 million agreement for a GP Superclinic in Broadmeadows was signed today between the Federal Government and Dianella Community Health.
Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon and Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou MP welcomed the news as a win for Broadmeadows and the electorate.

Members of the Broadmeadows Historical Society were among the first consumers  to  “ test drive “  a new  financial  website aimed at making money matters easy.
The MoneySmart website, developed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) , was launched at the Hume Global Learning Village  today by Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou, Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer David Bradbury.