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  • Inaugural African Diaspora Women Summit soon to open in Melbourne

    Inaugural African Diaspora Women Summit soon to open in Melbourne

    The inaugural African Diaspora Women Summit (ADWS) 2017 will take place in Melbourne on 26 &27 June 2017 at Victoria University, Flinders Street Campus, in Melbourne. The initiative is from Dr Mimmie Watts, an African-Australian academic who is passionate about making a difference in the community.  In this  Video, Dr Mimmie and three members of the Summit Committee provide informatoin about the summit and invites community members, service providers, business leaders and social activists to register and attend.   

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  • Melbourne remains top cultural destination

    Melbourne remains top cultural destination

    Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s cultural capital has been reinforced with a new report ranking the city the top cultural destination in the country, third in the Asia Pacific and twelfth in the world for arts and culture. The Boston Consulting Group’s Melbourne as a Global Cultural Destination report investigated Melbourne’s cultural strengths – from the number of creative events and venues to the number of residents employed in the creative sector – to reveal how the city compares locally and […]

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  • New Renting laws in Victoria may affect you

    New Renting laws in Victoria may affect you

    The Victorian government is naming renting simple for Victoria’s migrant communities with a series of multilingual videos that explain tenants’ rights and responsibilities.  Marlene Kairouz, Minister for Consumer Affairs launched the videos at the Western Community Legal Centre (WEstjustice) in Werribee today. ” It’s important all Victorians can understand their rights and responsibilities as tenants – regardless of where they were born or what language they speak.  These educational videos are designed to help our newest arrivals take control of the […]

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  • President Museveni gets $100 from an American citizen for his efforts in helping refugees

    President Museveni gets $100 from an American citizen for his efforts in helping refugees

    President Yoweri Museveni woke up this morning to surprise mail in his box from a stranger in the United States of America thanking him and Ugandans for their gesture towards refugees. Mrs. Adrienne Douglas said in her short letter to the President that she believes that his actions toward the refugees that he has allowed into Uganda are to be admired and his kindness serves as an example to people all over the world. She enclosed a Postal Money Order cheque worth US$100 and said […]

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  • A bit more money for low paid workers in Australia

    A bit more money for low paid workers in Australia

    The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has decided on 6 June 2017 to boost the minimum wage and all award wages by awarding 3.3% increase in the the National Minimum Wage and all award minimum wages for 2016/17. The decision means that the National minimum wages will increase from $694.90 or $18.29 an hour. Workers across the country will benefit from this increase. The Victorian government has welcomed the decision and says that it will help address the a rising level of income inequality […]

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  • Reliance on donor may be affecting peace efforts in Africa

    Reliance on donor may be affecting peace efforts in Africa

    The Chairman of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, Mull Katende recently stated during an ordinary Pan African Parliament, that heavy reliance on donor funding is affecting peace efforts on the continent. Mr Katende says that donor funds makes it difficult for some countries to adequately budget for their security. Presenting a paper on the status of peace and security in Africa to PanAfrican Parliament (PAP) MPs meeting in Midland, South Africa , Katende said,”African  parliamentarians should make use of the available tools […]

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  • Daniel Andrews wants to get tough on violent crime committed by  young offenders

    Daniel Andrews wants to get tough on violent crime committed by young offenders

    The Victorian government is introducing  a suite of legislative measures to crackdown on serious offenders, toughen sentences for serious and violent crimes, and increase consequences for young offenders, in an attempt to keep the community safe. The  government  introduced a bill  on 24 May 2017, seeking to dissuade potential criminals and keep the community safe.The bill will seek increased penalties for young people committing serious and violent crimes, prevent bail being granted for a number of new offences regardless of age – including […]

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  • Faith In The City with Pastor Bruce Chimanya

    Faith In The City with Pastor Bruce Chimanya

    Reverend Bruce Chimanya is a Zimbabwean born Minister of God. He runs a church in Melbourne and he is passionate about spreading the Gospel and reminding people not to forget God in their lives. He speaks to AMA’s Clyde Sharady in a15 minutes  interview.

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  • Sissay Dinku appointed as VMC Commissioner

    Sissay Dinku appointed as VMC Commissioner

    Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott has appointment Sisay Dinku as a Commissioner of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC), which fills an existing four-year term vacancy in the leadership team. The appointment was announced on  Tuesday 9 May, 2017. “Sisay’s knowledge and experience will be a valuable addition to the VMC team, particularly in the areas of employment and job recruitment in African communities.”, stated Robin Scott. Mr Dinku’s appointment brings the number of VMC Commissioners to 11. Mr Dinku – replacing Peter […]

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  • Temar John reacts to the Apex story on Channel Nine’s ACA show

    Temar John reacts to the Apex story on Channel Nine’s ACA show

    My Dear South-Sudanese friends  Many of us, especially those who reside in Melbourne, have been upset or angered by the story recently aired by Channel 9 regarding the ‘APEX gang’. However, I am urging the community to calm down and ensure that our emotions do not take the best of us. It is imperative that we reflect on what the story is trying to convey to the wider Australian community about us. Understandably, it is difficulty not to be upset about […]

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  • Australia’s Christianity is still at an infantile level, says Dr Chuks Iheakor

    Australia’s Christianity is still at an infantile level, says Dr Chuks Iheakor

    Pastor Chuks the Founder and President of FFM Global, a Melbourne-based Christian congregation.  Dr Iheakor was recently interviewed by on AMA’s Clyde Sharady on  Faith in The City show and responded to several questions relating to issues and challenges that Australia’s Christian community is currently facing. Dr Chuks stated that “there is a need for maturity inside the Church and more believers need to embrace personal responsibility  and yearn for spiritual maturity. Dr Chuks’ full interview is available through the video below:   

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  • Anchoring: What Media and Politics tell us in silence

    Anchoring: What Media and Politics tell us in silence

    Copying Jess Scott, I’d say: people are sheep, media and politics are the shepherded. On the evening of June 24, 2014, I knew I had to love the media. After having put my hand to run for the Tasmanian Parliament, I knew that above all other means of communication, the media was a powerful tool I had to use to get my message across and now, I had to learn how to deal with them and speak with wisdom. After […]

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  • Mental Health, Alcohol Abuse and Domestic Violence in African-Australian communities

    Mental Health, Alcohol Abuse and Domestic Violence in African-Australian communities

    Domestic violence has become an endemic in Australia. It is now a serious societal issue that is affecting the lives of many vulnerable people. Quite often the first call of action is aimed at solving the damage that has occurred. Although it is a good place to start, it fails to address the cause of the abuse. A better approach would be to tackle the root of the problem and help provide a more holistic and progressive solution for the […]

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  • More drug testing on Victorian roads: offenders are on notice

    More drug testing on Victorian roads: offenders are on notice

    Drug drivers have been put on notice in a new Transport Accident Commission (TAC) campaign to reduce drug- related deaths on Victorian roads. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan and Transport Accident Commission Chief Executive Officer Joe Calafiore today unveiled the new campaign, highlighting ramped up drug testing throughout the state. “Drug driving is a major killer on Victorian roads and those who think it’s a risk worth taking need to understand they will be caught. Any highway […]

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  • Lucy Gichuhi wins a seat at the Australian parliament, first African-born soon to occupy a seat at the Australian parliament

    Lucy Gichuhi wins a seat at the Australian parliament, first African-born soon to occupy a seat at the Australian parliament

    It is a great day for the history of Africans in Australia. The Australian is reporting that a Kenyan-born Australian, Mrs Lucy Gichuhi is set to replace ex-Senator Bob day, after a special count of the South Australian ballot papers has confirmed that Ms Lucy has won the seat.    Ms Lucy Gichuhi, New Senator-elect  SA     According to the The Australian,  sources close to the Australian Electoral Commission has advised Ms Gichuhi that she had been elected to […]

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  • Queensland government launches a new action plan to improve access to health servies for refugees

    Queensland government launches a new action plan to improve access to health servies for refugees

    A new action plan to improve access to health services for refugees was launched as part of a day-long Refugee Health and Wellbeing Showcase that 200 people attended in Logan today. Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick and former Queenslander of the Year Dr Homa Forotan, who came to Australia from Afghanistan as a teenager and has risen to become an inspirational doctor in the Queensland health system, spoke at the launch of the Refugee Health and Wellbeing: A Policy and Action Plan […]

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  • African countries are considering pulling out of the UN Security Council if they do not get a permanent seat

    African countries are considering pulling out of the UN Security Council if they do not get a permanent seat

    Africa wants a permanent representation on UN security council. African countries have said that they want a permanent representation on UN security council, arguing that it is unfair for a continent with over 50 countries not being represented. They have threatened to pull out of the UN security council if they are denied permanent representation. According to the executive chairman of the African Parliamentary Alliance for UN Reforms (APAUNR), Kakoba Onyango, it is time that Africa got representatives on UN […]

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  • Role of Education in Preventing Violence and Promoting Peace and Welfare

    Role of Education in Preventing Violence and Promoting Peace and Welfare

    Most societies are burdened with socio-political inequalities, class, racial, religious disparities, gender discrimination, and the urban and rural divide, that lead to violence and conflict in society. Unless these structures are done away with, there is little likelihood of a peaceful, nonviolent society. While the state needs to reduce if not eliminate these inequalities through relevant laws, policies and programmes, the role of education is also essential. Governments and scholars now agree that education is a desirable objective in itself […]

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  • Clive Hay writes his memoir as a young army recruit in South Africa

    Clive Hay writes his memoir as a young army recruit in South Africa

    Former 1980’s South African popstar, Clive Hay has written an unusual and entertaining account of his compulsory service in the South African Defence Force in the late 1970’s. The book is titled Magirus, it is a light-hearted tale and a coming of age story about him as a young man determined to carve his own way in SANDF by forging a path in the military band for his own future music career.   Clive Hay in Sydney, Australia  This often-hilarious […]

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  • Queensland government to provide more funding for community legal centres

    Queensland government to provide more funding for community legal centres

    Attorney -General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has announced $51.3 million in State and Commonwealth funding for Queensland’s vital community legal centres. Thirty-six  community services have been successful in securing funding for the next three years, starting from July 1. But the Attorney-General warned that despite Queensland boosting its contribution, there was still a funding shortfall because of the Turnbull Government’s decision to slash $2 million from Queensland’s services. “The Palaszczuk Government is now covering 60% of the costs […]

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  • Multiculturalism? No! A National Hypocrisy.

    Multiculturalism? No! A National Hypocrisy.

    Like many Australians, I welcomed the Australian Multicultural Statement released by Prime Minister Turnbull yesterday. There is​​ no doubt about this: Australia is a culturally and religiously diverse Country. It is almost 300 cultures in one, carrying with them their differences and blending together to create a viable, tolerant and beautiful mosaic this nation has turned to be. The indigenous populations, which lived on this land for centuries, have proven to be and have long portrayed a positive long lasting […]

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