I joined hundreds of Iraqi parishioners in recognising the efforts of the young Iraqi students as a special service led by Father Maher Gurges at St Georges Chaldean Catholic Church in Campbellfield. There, Father Maher told the faithful “we are producing a new generation of doctors, lawyers, architects, teachers here in our new homeland”.


The Iraqi community has settled in well in our local community and are busy building lives and nurturing the next generation of Australians of Iraqi heritage.

As the Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration, I was pleased to give this speech in Federal Parliament about the findings and recommendations of the inquiry into settlements services in Australia.

I welcomed His Grace Mar Benyamin Elya, Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria and NZ to the Assyrian community in Victoria and Calwell in my speech in Federal Parliament.

My speech on the Migration Report 'No one teaches you to become an Australian'.

The Joint Standing Committee on Migration, of which I am Deputy Chair, conducted an inquiry into and reported on migrant settlement outcomes in Australia.

I was grateful for the opportunity to speak on this very important motion which seeks to raise the ongoing humanitarian crisis of the Rohingyas as they remain displaced in camps on the Bangladesh boarder.  There are an estimated 850,000 refugees - men, women and children with over half a million arriving since August last year.

I want to congratulate Roxburgh Park Football Club on being named Victorian Good Sports Club of the Year. And I want to commend the club for the important work they have done, and continue to do, in creating social cohesion and harmony in my diverse Calwell community.

I spoke in Parliament on the magnificent milestone that saw Greek Australian newspaper Neos Kosmos celebrate its 60th anniversary. Neos Kosmos is more than a newspaper - it's an institutions and one of the most influential of all ethnic media. 

I congratulated the recipients of the 2017 Multicultural Awards for Excellence from the Federal Seat of Calwell in a speech in parliament. 

Their hard-work and commitment in creating social cohesion in Calwell was recognised by the Victorian Multicultural Commission at an awards ceremony held at Government House.