"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."

Following the Federal Election in 2013, the new electoral boundaries of the federal seat of Calwell came into effect. The suburbs of Sydenham, Taylors Lakes Keilor, Keilor North, Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Keilor Village and Calder Park join Attwood, Broadmeadows, Campbellfield, Coolaroo, parts of Craigieburn, Dallas, Gladstone Park, Greenvale, Jacana, Meadow Heights, Melbourne Airport, Roxburgh Park, Somerton and Westmeadows to form the boundaries of the new seat of Calwell.This is the second redistribution to affect the boundaries of the seat of Calwell in the time that I have been the Member. I will be relocating my electorate office, currently at the Broadmeadows Railway Station, to the Keilor Shopping Centre on November 10, 2014.The decision to relocate the electorate office from its long standing location was not an easy one to make. I had to consider, however, what would be the best way of servicing all of the constituents of Calwell. It is my intention to remain accessible to all, and together with my office staff, I will be running mobile offices and making appointments to see constituents in the City of Hume area. 

The new office details are: Office of Maria Vamvakinou MP

Federal Member for Calwell Shop M0004 Keilor Shopping Centre

80 Taylors Road, Keilor Downs, Vic 3038

Ph:(03) 9367 5216; fax:(03) 9367 3064; Canberra (02) 6277 4249



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.


This July marks 10 years since the International Court of Justice handed down its advisory opinion on the legal consequences of the construction of Israel's wall in the occupied Palestinian territory. The court determined that the wall and all Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank are illegal, and that the fourth Geneva Convention applies to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in full. The Parliamentary Friends of Palestine hosted a forum yesterday commemorating the 10th anniversary of the ICJ, and our guest speaker was Professor Ben Saul from the University of Sydney. This event was timely, given the tragic situation in Gaza at the moment. It is devastating that Israel has decided to resume air strikes in the Gaza Strip following the collapse of the very short-lived ceasefire. Tragically for the people in Gaza, the eight-day conflict has already killed almost 200 Palestinians, 100 of whom were civilians, amongst them 31 children. With Hamas militants defying Arab and Western calls to cease rocket attacks, and with Israel threatening to step up an offensive that could include an invasion of this most densely populated enclave, it is imperative that both sides should now show restraint in what is a devastating blow to peace prospects and what is also a predictable, disproportionate and cruel attack on the Palestinians in Gaza.

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. 

Credibility is very important in this debate and that is why the comment made by the Prime Minister that 'This is the budget that the Australian people elected us to bring down' is such a breathtakingly arrogant statement. It reflects how out of touch this government is with community sentiment but it also reflects, more importantly, a disregard for the Australian people.

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.

I would like to talk about the Cypriot Wine Festival that I attended on Saturday night. It is the annual Cyprus wine festival that is conducted by the Cypriot community of Melbourne, Victoria. This particular festival was the 20th anniversary. Its aim is to promote Cypriot food and wine to the broader community, including Cypriot culture.