• Major changes of Victoria’s bail system announced in the wake of the Burke Street tragedy

    Major changes of Victoria’s bail system announced in the wake of the Burke Street tragedy

    The Victorian government has today announced that it will establish a Night Court for magistrates to hear bail requests over weekends and after hours as part of a major shake up of Victoria’s bail system, following the Bourke Street tragedy on Friday. It’s our job to take the frustration, anger and the deep sadness that Victorians feel after the Bourke Street tragedy and to make sure that’s put into reform and change”, stated Daniel Andrews, the Victorian Premier. ” It’s […]

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  • New rules for rental properties in Victoria

    New rules for rental properties in Victoria

    If you rent a house or own an investment property, you may need to know about the Victorian government intention to bring changes in the rental property market.     African-Australian property owner in Wyndham Victoria Victorians are being asked to have their say on possible changes to the rules around renting properties, as part of the government’s overhaul of the Residential Tenancies Act. The proposed changes have been developed following 331 written responses to the Fairer Safer Housingdiscussion papers and 3,500 contributions […]

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  • Victorian government warns of high food safety risks during this holiday season

    Victorian government warns of high food safety risks during this holiday season

    The Victorian government is urging Victorians to handle food safely and hygienically this Christmas to make sure celebrations aren’t spoilt by food-borne illnesses. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy issued a food safety warning today, following an increase in listeriosis cases in recent weeks. There have been seven cases reported in the last three weeks and 25 so far this year. The recent cases are not linked but are a timely reminder for pregnant women who are at particular risk from […]

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  • Why do many African-Australians fall victim to cyber criminals?

    Why do many African-Australians fall victim to cyber criminals?

    As we enter the busy Christmas season, Consumer Affairs Victoria is warning shoppers to avoid a nightmare by exercising caution when buying goods and gifts online. The consumer watchdog says that lat year it received  over 7000 complaints about issues with online shopping. Many such complaints included goods that weren’t supplied, or were only supplied in part,  goods with major failures or defects, as well as issues with refunds or returns.         Clothing and footwear was the most problematic […]

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  • Jameh Saga in Gambia gives food for thought

    Jameh Saga in Gambia gives food for thought

    Gambian President Yahayh Jammeh shocked the world by making a 180 degrees turn regarding his decision to relinquish power after losing the recently held presidential elections in Gambai. Only days after conceding to losing the elections to President-elect Adama Barrow he decided that he was no longer going to accept the result of the elections. This decision has gotten many Africans in general and African-Australians making comments of all sorts on social media.    Mustapha Wai  Just Pondering on the Jameh […]

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  • African-Australian leaders concerned about negative media representations

    African-Australian leaders concerned about negative media representations

      African-Australians communities in Victoria remain seriously concerned about unfair, unbalanced and unjustified negative reporting about their communities in many mainstream Australian media outlets. Several Africans from the African communities’ leaders’ forum (AACLF) met Professor David Weisbrot, the Chair of Australian Press Council (APC), in Melbourne on 30 November 2016 to discuss ways to combat the misrepresentations of their communities in the media. Professor Weisbrot listened to the concerns expressed by various attendees to the meeting. He informed the group about […]

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  • Major changes of Victoria’s bail system announced in the wake of the Burke Street tragedy
  • New rules for rental properties in Victoria
  • Victorian government warns of high food safety risks during this holiday season
  • Why do many African-Australians fall victim to cyber criminals?
  • Jameh Saga in Gambia gives food for thought
  • African-Australian leaders concerned about negative media representations
 

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  • Major changes of Victoria’s bail system announced in the wake of the Burke Street tragedy

    Major changes of Victoria’s bail system announced in the wake of the Burke Street tragedy

    The Victorian government has today announced that it will establish a Night Court for magistrates to hear bail requests over weekends and after hours as part of a major shake up of Victoria’s bail system, following the Bourke Street tragedy on Friday. It’s our job to take the frustration, anger and the deep sadness that Victorians feel after the Bourke Street tragedy and to make sure that’s put into reform and change”, stated Daniel Andrews, the Victorian Premier. ” It’s […]

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  • Tanzania keeps attracting more tourists in Africa

    Tanzania keeps attracting more tourists in Africa

    Tanzania tourists board (TTB) has said that it is targeting 3 million foreign tourists in the next 2 years. Currently about 1.1 million tourists visit the country ever year and the country’s top tourism agency is targeting another 400,000 more tourists per year to reach its ambitious target.  Tourism is the leading foreign exchange earner in the east African country, generating about $2 billion per year and contributing 17 per cent of Tanzania’s annual income.   Lion killing a Zebra in […]

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  • New rules for rental properties in Victoria

    New rules for rental properties in Victoria

    If you rent a house or own an investment property, you may need to know about the Victorian government intention to bring changes in the rental property market.     African-Australian property owner in Wyndham Victoria Victorians are being asked to have their say on possible changes to the rules around renting properties, as part of the government’s overhaul of the Residential Tenancies Act. The proposed changes have been developed following 331 written responses to the Fairer Safer Housingdiscussion papers and 3,500 contributions […]

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  • Victorian government warns of high food safety risks during this holiday season

    Victorian government warns of high food safety risks during this holiday season

    The Victorian government is urging Victorians to handle food safely and hygienically this Christmas to make sure celebrations aren’t spoilt by food-borne illnesses. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy issued a food safety warning today, following an increase in listeriosis cases in recent weeks. There have been seven cases reported in the last three weeks and 25 so far this year. The recent cases are not linked but are a timely reminder for pregnant women who are at particular risk from […]

    Continue reading »

  • Why do many African-Australians fall victim to cyber criminals?

    Why do many African-Australians fall victim to cyber criminals?

    As we enter the busy Christmas season, Consumer Affairs Victoria is warning shoppers to avoid a nightmare by exercising caution when buying goods and gifts online. The consumer watchdog says that lat year it received  over 7000 complaints about issues with online shopping. Many such complaints included goods that weren’t supplied, or were only supplied in part,  goods with major failures or defects, as well as issues with refunds or returns.         Clothing and footwear was the most problematic […]

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  • Jameh Saga in Gambia gives food for thought

    Jameh Saga in Gambia gives food for thought

    Gambian President Yahayh Jammeh shocked the world by making a 180 degrees turn regarding his decision to relinquish power after losing the recently held presidential elections in Gambai. Only days after conceding to losing the elections to President-elect Adama Barrow he decided that he was no longer going to accept the result of the elections. This decision has gotten many Africans in general and African-Australians making comments of all sorts on social media.    Mustapha Wai  Just Pondering on the Jameh […]

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  • Tanzanian-Australians majestically celebrate their day in Melbourne

    Tanzanian-Australians majestically celebrate their day in Melbourne

    By Godfrey Olukya – 9 December 2016  A colorful celebration marking Tanzania day took place on Sunday 3 December 2016 in Prahran, in  Melbourne with Tanzanians and their invited visitors enjoying themselves to the fill. Several dozens of excited Tanzanian-Australians, including men, women and children, many dressed in African attire danced to good music, ate sumptuous food and drunk all tribes of drinks, taking numerous snaps as they cerebrated their independence day. The Grattan Gardens community centre hall was full of colour, […]

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  • African-Australian leaders concerned about negative media representations

    African-Australian leaders concerned about negative media representations

      African-Australians communities in Victoria remain seriously concerned about unfair, unbalanced and unjustified negative reporting about their communities in many mainstream Australian media outlets. Several Africans from the African communities’ leaders’ forum (AACLF) met Professor David Weisbrot, the Chair of Australian Press Council (APC), in Melbourne on 30 November 2016 to discuss ways to combat the misrepresentations of their communities in the media. Professor Weisbrot listened to the concerns expressed by various attendees to the meeting. He informed the group about […]

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  • Senegalese Professor  seeks leadership of African Union commission

    Senegalese Professor seeks leadership of African Union commission

    By Godfrey Olukya – 30 November 2016   Aspiring to become the next chairperson of African Union Commission, 69 year old Professor Abdoulaye Bathily from Senegal has started meeting various heads of African states seeking for their support.     The African presidents are set to elect the next head of commission in January next year to replace the incumbent Nkozasana Dlamini-Zuma whose term has expired. The other contenders include Botswana’s Penelope Venson, Chad’s Moussa Faki Mhamat, Equatorial Guinea’s Agapito Mba Mokuy […]

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  • Two bold women want to lead Somalia

    Two bold women want to lead Somalia

    By Godfrey Olukya – 28-11-2016 Two women have come boldly out in Somalia and declared that they are going to stand for presidency in the forthcoming presidential elections. The two courageous women are 44-year-old Fadumo Dayib and 42-year-old Anab Dahir. ”Although they have already got several threats from Muslim radical groups like Al-Shabab, they have insisted that they will stand in the elections for presidency.” said Somali elder Hassan Karim.     Fadumo Dayib, mother of  four who has a Finland […]

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  • Museveni criticises the West and says there is a lesson to learn from Trump’s victory.

    Museveni criticises the West and says there is a lesson to learn from Trump’s victory.

    By Godfrey Olukya, 24 Nov 2016                                                                                                                                                       […]

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  • Pygmies in DRC go on rampage

    Pygmies in DRC go on rampage

     Godrey Olukya-  21 November 2016  The Pygmies in Democratic republic of Congo (DRC) killed three people and wounded 10 others in Muswaki village on Sunday 20 November 2016 in eastern DRC province of Tanganyika, 70 km west of Kalemie city.  There are reports that Pygmies in the area have  also attacked bypassing trains and burned down over 20 houses.      According to local police officer Benon Ngungo, the attacks by pygmies have caused the displacement of hundreds of people […]

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  • Deng Adut at Parliament House

    Deng Adut at Parliament House

    Dent Adut, the NSW Australian of the Year is expected to speak as the guest of honour at a community event put together by Generosity Abroad and Alex Greenwich, MP, independent member for Sydney. The event will be held at the NSW Parliament house on Wednesday 30th November 2016.  Through the event the organisers aim to raise awareness on how small charities are affecting real change at grassroots levels. Genevieve Radnan, CEO and Founder of the Australian charity, Gennarosity Abroad, […]

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  • Breaking News from “New Change”

    Breaking News from “New Change”

    The New Change Young African Women’s Group is showcasing ‘Breaking News’, a short film on media misrepresentations of the South Sudanese community in Australia. The film is part spoken word, part music video and it will be launched in Melbourne on Thursday  17th November 2016  in Sunshine.     New Change crew in Melbourne (Photo: New Change) New Change is an initiative driven by young South Sudanese women in  Melbourne’s western suburbs, who aim to empower, motivate and educate young women to achieve self-confidence and […]

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  • A very special and colourful community dinner

    A very special and colourful community dinner

    Africa Media Australia (AMA) and The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) held a Jewish – African ‘Jeffersonian’ Dinner in partnership  African Professionals of Australia at the Adele Southwick Centre at St Kilda Hebrew Congregation on Sunday night. The dinner provided a great opportunity for members African and Jewish communities to connect and share ideas ideas and discuss topics of mutual importance. JCCV President Jennifer Huppert and the Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott opened the event in front of over 65 guests, […]

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  • Passi Jo is no more but his music lives on

    Passi Jo is no more but his music lives on

      Congolese singer Passi Jo has lost his battle with cancer and passed away Sunday, November 6th, 2016 at Melbourne‘s St Vincent Hospital. Passi Jo was an accomplished musician and entertainer who arrived in Melbourne in 1990 after spending many years in Paris where he played with different African musicians, toured Europe, North and South America and many other countries.   Born in Kinshasa to Congo Brazzaville/Angolan parents, he started music when he was still very young and was able […]

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  • AMA’s Afroshine Australia Awards highlight positive achievements in the community

    AMA’s Afroshine Australia Awards highlight positive achievements in the community

    AFROSHINE AUSTRALIA AWARDS 2016 took place on 29th October 2016 to honour the outstanding achievements of African Australians and their friends and supporters in a special ceremony held at Rydges on Swanston, Carlton, Melbourne. Afroshine Australia Awards is an award program run by Africa Media Australia. The annual awards is in its 4th year and has combine two awards previously known as Victorian African Community Awards (VACA) and the National African Australian Person of the Year, both run by AMA. […]

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  • Jennifer Huppert appointed as new member of VEOHRC

    Jennifer Huppert appointed as new member of VEOHRC

      Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Jennifer Huppert as a member of the Board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC). Ms Huppert was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1986, and boasts experience in leasing, property development, and acquisitions and dispositions.   Jennifer Huppert, new member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Right Commission.   “Jennifer Huppert has a wealth of experience in property law […]

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  • South Africa’s Netball team comes to  Melbourne with high hopes

    South Africa’s Netball team comes to Melbourne with high hopes

    South Africa will be looking to top their best-ever performance at an international Fast5 tournament, when the Proteas arrive in Melbourne for the 2016 Fast5 Netball World Series on October 29 and 30. The Spar Proteas finished third in the 2012 tournament in Auckland, but have managed just fourth and fifth in the two most recent World Series competitions in 2013 and 2014 respectively.   But South African Fast5 coach Elsje Jordaan said her team is excited to make their mark […]

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  • Afro Hub to host regular African-Australian poetry and spoken word events

    Afro Hub to host regular African-Australian poetry and spoken word events

    Afro Hub is a new centre that seeks to help creative African Australians showcase their talents through poetry and spoken word events. The  privately owned Carlton North venue plans to present a poetry slam every month, featuring a performance from a talented African Australian poet and storyteller. The first Poetry Slam is set to be hosted by Abe Nouk on Thursday 27th October 2016. Mr Nouk is an acclaimed  Melbourne-based Sudanese-born spoken-word poet, hip-hop fanatic and author whose talents helped him […]

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  • An Indian migrant worker gets justice from fairwork ombudsman

    An Indian migrant worker gets justice from fairwork ombudsman

    The operators of a general medical practice south of Brisbane have been penalised more than $51,000 for subjecting an Indian-trained doctor to “appalling” treatment after he complained to the Fair Work Ombudsman. Windaroo Medical Surgery Pty Ltd, located at Loganholme Shopping Village, has been penalised $39,600 in the Federal Circuit Court for threatening the doctor to try to coerce him into withdrawing the complaint – and then cutting off his pay when he refused.     In addition, company director […]

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