Multicultural funding slashed in Labor’s savage budget

The Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) inquiry into the 2021-22 Budget Estimates has confirmed this week a savage cut in funding for Victoria’s multicultural communities. The Andrews Labor Government confirmed the cut in multicultural affairs funding from $105.4 million in 2020/21 to $54.7 million in 2021/22. This budget cut will inevitably result in numerous […]

Statement from the Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Neil Angus

India is a grip of a devastating second wave of COVID-19, with daily record numbers of cases and thousands of people losing their lives to this terrible virus. The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has placed enormous strain on India’s medical system, which is almost overwhelmed due to this crisis. The onset of the COVID-19 […]

Statement on anti-vilification inquiry to ban the Nazi swastika

The Victorian Liberal Nationals welcome the recommendation from the Parliamentary Inquiry into Victoria’s Anti-Vilification Protections to establish a ban on the public display of the Nazi swastika. In February 2020, the Liberal Nationals announced a policy position to ban the public display of the Nazi swastika as an important step against rising incidents of racial […]

Labor’s rorts means multicultural groups miss out

Victorian multicultural communities that have missed out on much needed funding will be furious to learn that the Andrews Labor Government has funnelled money out of grants, set aside for these groups, to fund election campaigns. Yesterday’s Victorian Auditor-General’s Office report into Grants to the Migrant Workers Centre uncovered another Red Shirts-style rort linked to […]

Daniel Andrews rains on Australia Day Parade

Reports today the Andrews Labor Government has cancelled Melbourne’s 2021 Australia Day Parade is just another slap in the face to Victorians’ rights and freedoms. The Australia Day Parade is one of Melbourne’s most important events, bringing together Australian citizens and celebrating our national day. Daniel Andrews should be supporting these events, not banning them. To […]

Consumer Affairs Victoria – no longer helping Victorians

Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) is verging on being out of control and is effectively ignoring a range of enquiries and requests from consumers. The backlogs on dispute settlements are also continuing to bank up. The CAV website is now the primary option for consumers to have their complaints handled and to be given advice on […]

Real estate industry in chaos

Victoria’s real estate industry is coming to grips with more uncertainty following months of further restrictions announced yesterday. This announcement, coupled with the legislated extension of the COVID-19 moratorium to 28 March 2021, have plunged the real estate industry, including commercial and residential landlords and tenants into a crisis. With on-site inspections prohibited and auctions […]

Labor’s shambolic response to the needs of our multicultural communities

Yesterday’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee COVID-19 inquiry has heard evidence of the Andrews Labor Government’s shambolic mishandling of the “hard lockdown” of the public housing towers in the North Melbourne and Flemington last month. The inquiry heard that multicultural community leaders were not consulted by DHHS or any other government agency regarding the “hard […]

Labor too late in responding to multicultural communities

A funding announcement for multicultural communities across Victoria by the Labor Government is an acknowledgement that they have let them down during this pandemic. The Andrews Labor Government is now scrambling to sort out the issues arising from its previous neglect of these communities. Members of our multicultural communities are amongst some of our most vulnerable […]

Stage Four Restrictions result in Real Estate chaos

The real estate industry in Victoria is in chaos following the introduction of COVID-19 Stage 4 restrictions, with no answers coming from the Andrews Labor Government. “Property and real estate” are among businesses that will close for at least six weeks from midnight tonight with “online inspections permitted.” Real estate agents across Victoria have labelled […]

Statement from the Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

It is with profound sadness that I send my thoughts and prayers to the citizens of Lebanon and Victoria’s Lebanese community, following the horrific and devastating explosion overnight in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. This explosion has devastated a large area of Beirut leaving thousands of people injured, with dozens of people losing their lives […]

Consumer Affairs Victoria – Consumers let down during COVID-19

Victorian consumers have been let down during COVID-19 with the Andrews Labor Government failing to provide an adequate avenue for people to have their complaints handled. The Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) website is the only option for consumers to have their complaints handled, and to be given advice on their responsibilities and rights in the […]

Statement from Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

The dreadful behaviour and attitudes revealed on last night’s 60 Minutes program shows the true attitude the Victorian Labor Party has towards multicultural Victorians. The blatant use of members of Victoria’s multicultural communities, including the Indian community, for the sole purpose of enabling organised Victorian Labor Party branch stacking is disgraceful. Labor’s attitude to Victoria’s […]