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 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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

In 2004, I first spoke in the parliament about an incredibly brave young boy named Sammy-Joe Liistro and the life he endures with the rare genetic disorder, trichothiodystrophy, or TTD. I met Sammy-Joeand his mum, Maria, when she came to me for help all those years ago.