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.

 I spoke in parliament in support of the 30th general conference of UNESCO's proclaimed annual observance of International Mother Language Day on 21 February.


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.

I gave a speech in parliament about an event I attended hosted by the Lefkadian Cultural Association that highlighted the important contribution Australians of Greek heritage have made in our war efforts. One in particular, gunner James Zampelis whose ancestors came from my home  island of Lefkada.