You have been invited to an International Women's Day morning tea hosted by Maria Vamvakinou MP.

"Maria Vamvakinou's experience of migration in the 1960s had a profound impact on her life, inspiring a passion for cultural diversity that remains a driving force in her political career."

Come along to a poetry reading of the only contemporary Australian / Turkish book pf poems on the war "This Intimate War: Gallipoli / Canakkale 1915" on Wednesday 15 March. 

I attended morning teas in my electorate hosted by the Broadmeadows Shopping Centre, Dallas Neighbourhood House and Bright Beginnings Family Day Care. It's wonderful when the community gets together for a great cause to raise funds for the Cancer Council.


I attended the Milli Gorus Sareera Youth and ICMG Youth's 7th annual Street Iftar at the Meadow Heights Mosque. It was a wonderful event hosted by the Sareera Youth, a young women's group at the Mosque. It was such a treat to be invited by the community to share in the breaking of the fast with delicious food. Well done to all that made this spectacular event possible especially to those who turned the mosque into a Turkish bazaar!

The Federal Volunteer Grants Program was re-established on Thursday, 29 October 2015.

The purpose of the program is to recognise the valuable role of volunteers and to encourage volunteering in the local community. As you know, volunteers participate in a diverse range of activities, including helping at local sporting events, fundraising, or assisting after an emergency or natural disaster. 

2016 Refugee Week Celebrations in Hume 

Shadow Industry Minister Senator Kim Carr and Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou have welcomed commitments from Ford Australia that the firm will continue to invest in Australian R&D and engineering capabilities. In a statement released today, Ford announced it will establish an engineering campus in Broadmeadows as part of its Asia-Pacific Engineering Centre.  The success of Australian automotive design and engineering talent was recently showcased on the world stage.  In January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, teams from both Ford Australia and GM Holden took out top awards on a highly competitive international stage.  
Ford’s GT Supercar, designed in the US by Todd Willing, a Tasmanian who now heads Ford’s Asia-Pacific Design Centre in Broadmeadows, received the EyesOnDesign Award for Best Production Vehicle.Achievements like awards in Detroit and ongoing commitments from the carmakers in Australian design and engineering clearly shows that our auto industry can compete on the world stage. Australia’s auto industry is a great repository of technological capability and design skills that we must strive to retain. Despite the very strenuous efforts of the Abbott Government to destroy the automotive industry, Ford’s announcement highlights that the industry will continue. The future political debate will be around its size and the scope of its capabilities.