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I was deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of ‘Mr Football’ Les Murray not only as the co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of SBS, the co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism but mostly as an avid fan of his work and his legacy.

Maria Vamvakinou MP, Federal Member for Calwell, delivered a scathing speech on the Turnbull Government’s proposed changes to Australian citizenship requirements. 

 

In her speech, she rejected calls that these changes were snobbery or elitism by the Government, and instead said they were a form of “blatant racism by a government that stands to do one thing and that is to divide the Australian community”.

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I wish to congratulate the Assyrian Community for the official consecration of the Bishop for the newly created Diocese of Victoria and New Zealand for the Assyrian Christians - His Grace Mar Benyamin Elya -Assyrian Church of the East.

As the co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Heart and Stroke Foundations, I am very pleased to work in parliament to raise awareness of heart disease generally and in this week in particular, to raise awareness of Australian women’s heart health by promoting the Heart Foundation’s campaign Making the Invisible Visible for the months of June. 

In 1969, a group of Northern suburb parents were looking to establish a facility and services for their children with a disability - that journey resulted in the creation of Brite Services. 

 

I spoke in parliament on the events I attended that marked the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Crete and Greek campaign of World War II.

I expressed my sincere condolences to the family of Zynab Al Harbiya – the 12-year-old Australian who was killed in Iraq while visiting her sick grandfather - in Federal Parliament.

My constituents of Calwell are everyday Australians looking for a 'fair go'. The budget’s across the board tax increases to fund Medicare and NDIS and its $65 billion dollar corporate tax cuts at the expense of cuts to education through a 22 billion dollar cut to schools, hikes in university fees and cuts to TAFE and apprenticeships is hardly a vote of confidence for the ordinary people in my electorate.