Were you at this year’s Arthur Calwell Memorial Lecture?

It was a memorable night with guest speakers Luke Hilakari and Mary Elizabeth. 

The Parliamentary Friends of Palestine will be hosting a screening of the feature documentary 'From Under the Rubble' at Parliament House, Canberra on May 22. The event will be sponsored by the General Delegation of Palestine to Australian, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Nominations are now open for the Hume Business Awards 2018. If you want to celebrate and acknowledge a business that has made a significant contribution the Hume City Council economy, and the wider community, why not nominate them for a Hume Business Awards 2018.

Business owners, employees of the business, business associates, clients or customers can nominate. Nominations close August 10.

The Arthur Calwell Memorial Lecture is on again in 2018. This year's lecture will be held on Wednesday 16 May, at the Kangan Institute in Broadmeadows at 6:15pm for a 7:00pm start. The guest speaker at this event is Luke Hilakari, Secretary, Victorian Trades Hall Council.

This year’s speech will focus on Arthur Calwell’s early years in the union movement and how it shaped him politically and motivated him when he became the leader of the Australian Labor Party. It will also feature a discussion on Calwell’s contribution and lasting legacy to multicultural Australia through his post-WWII migration program to Australia.

I want to say a big congratulations to Jessica Camilleri on receiving the Young Achievers award for the important volunteer work she does in the Calwell community.

This morning, I celebrated the cultural diversity of the women of Calwell at this year's International Women's Day event.

The event - co-hosted with the Good Samaritan Primary School and Roxburgh Park Football Club - celebrated the newly arrived migrants and refugee women who have settled in the area; paid tribute to the migrant women who have mentored the women into the community and recognised the tireless efforts of community workers in welcoming these women and their families to their new home.

Ms VAMVAKINOU (Calwell) (16:50): I rise today to speak on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, known to the Palestinians as the day of catastrophe, which refers to the uprooting and expulsion of some 750,000 Palestinian refugees from their normal place of residence in Palestine during the period from 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948. They lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict.

I am so fortunate to have the very talented young sportswoman - and  Local Sporting Champions grant recipient - Monique Conti in my electorate.

Monique is just 18 years old, but she has already reached the elite levels of not one but two sports.  A month ago, Monique played in her debut game for the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League’s Women’s competition, and she put in a terrific performance too.  And just before that, she played in a Women’s National Basketball League grand final for the Melbourne Boomers.

Above: Monique Conti.