I am so proud of Roxburgh Park Football Club, in my electorate of Calwell who were awarded with Victoria's Good Sports Club of the Year for 2017.

The community driven football club received this award for their commitment to creating a healthier, family-friendly and safe environment for its members.

 My interview with Jon Faine following the announcement of the same-sex marriage postal survey results.

I was honoured to stand alongside the Leader of the Opposition the Hon Bill Shorten MP in welcoming 150 new citizens to the wider Australian family at Brimbank City Council's 2018 Citizenship Ceremony on Australia Day. 

It was wonderful to witness so many committed people making a pledge to our modern and multicultural country at the Kevin Wheelahan Gardens in Sunshine last Friday. 


Notices 1

MS VAMVAKINOU: To move—That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) Amnesty International has evidence that hundreds of Rohingya women, men and children have been killed since the escalation of a violent assault in Northern Arakan/Rakhine State, Myanmar, since 25 August 2017;

(b) the United Nations has estimated that since August 2017, over 589,000 Rohingyas have been forced to flee to refugee camps in Bangladesh;

(c) there are at least another 20,000 Rohingyas being detained at the borders;

(d) the United Nations Human Rights Council has witnessed accounts and heard testimonies of the Myanmar security force setting villages on fire and injuring, torturing, raping, killing and executing innocent victims; Page 6 of 12

(e) 214 villages have been destroyed through fire and will be taken over by the Myanmar Government because burnt land becomes government-managed land;

(f) the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, has called these government attacks ‘a textbook example of ethnic cleansing’; (g) approximately 600,000 people are still deadlocked inside Rakhine State with limited access to food, medical care or humanitarian assistance;

(h) despite the history of the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine region extending back the post-colonial era, this community has been denied citizenship and most basic government services under since 1982; and

(i) the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine region is an issue that deeply concerns the Australian community; and

(2) urges:

(a) the Government of Myanmar to:

(i) recommit to the pursuit of peace and national reconciliation; and

(ii) allow access to all parts of Rakhine State to allow for the provision of humanitarian aid;

(b) the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs to:

(i) do everything in her power to help alleviate the suffering in Rakhine State;

(ii) lead the push for a strong United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the violence in Rakhine State, and

(iii) work to establish an independent United Nations investigation into human rights abuses in Myanmar; and

(c) the Australian Government to:

(i) support unimpeded humanitarian access to the Rohingya population;

(ii) maintain pressure on the Myanmar Government, particularly the military and security forces, by condemning the persecution, attacks, killings and human rights abuses of the Rohingyas; and

(iii) stand up for the moderate voices in Myanmar which are being widely suppressed by the threat of persecution by the Myanmar military.

(Notice given 23 October 2017.)

Calwell's multicultural champions were honoured last night at the 2017 Multicultural Awards for Excellence held at Government House. 

I was so proud to stand by my community and see their hard-work and commitment in creating social cohesion in Calwell recognised by the Victorian Multicultural Commission. 

Ajit Singh Chauhan (pictured below) received the Award for Meritorious Service to the Community for his work with disadvantaged youth from diverse cultural backgrounds particularly in his roles at Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre and the Hume Interfaith Network youth program.

Broadmeadows Central is holding an inaugural Jobs Fair to connect local jobs with the local community.

The shopping centre is encouraging members of the community to put their best foot forward and work where they love to shop as they come and explore the opportunity to meet with potential employers.

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit war veteran Alexander Jenkins at his home in Tullamarine yesterday and present him with a certificate of congratulations for his achievements.

The sprightly 96-year-old had many interesting tales to tell about his life and his experiences of war. Mr Jenkins joined the army at 19 because a “couple of blokes stirred him up to get enlisted”.

“My family didn’t encourage me to join, even though we have a history of relatives serving in the army,” Mr Jenkins said.

Grants to help young people pursue their sporting dreams

Next round applications close Tuesday 31 October, 2017

The Local Sporting Champions (LSC) program provides financial assistance for young sportsmen and women aged 12-18. You can be an athlete, a coach, an umpire or a referee. Successful applicants receive a $500 grant that can be used towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships, or a School Sport Australia state, national or international championships.