My grievance debate in Parliament on employment in Calwell - 10 September 2019

I spoke in Parliament about the barriers faced by many of my constituents in gaining meaningful employment. I focused on those constituents with Iraqi and Syrian backgrounds who have settled in Calwell on the special humanitarian visa. This is a very highly skilled cohort with extensive work experience in their professional fields.

I often will meet with my refugee communities in order to get an understanding of how they are settling in my electorate. We often talk about their needs and aspirations and how they are adjusting to their new life here in Australia.

Outside of their concern for their children and their children's schooling the single issue for most of my constituents is employment - a great number of them continue to experience huge difficulties in getting a proper job, as they say to me—an appropriate job, one that's relevant to their education, training and experience.