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  • Re-elected Presidente of the Nigerian Society of Victoria speaks to AMA

    Re-elected Presidente of the Nigerian Society of Victoria speaks to AMA

    Fred Alale has been re-elected as the President of the Nigerian Society of Victoria (NSV) at the recent annual general meeting of the association held in Melbourne. Fred is very satisfied with the increased level of engagement of his fellow Nigerians in Victoria and sees this election as marking a new phase for the development of the NSV. In this video Fred spoke with AMA’s Clyde Sharady soon after the his election. 

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  • New changes for long service leave and more holiday for Victorians

    New changes for long service leave and more holiday for Victorians

    on 12 August 2017, Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins announced a new Long Service Leave Bill that will stop parents being discriminated against and losing hard earned long service leave. Currently, if an employee takes more than 12 months unpaid parental leave they lose continuity of service, and any accrued long service leave entitlements. Under the changes, any period of paid parental leave and up to 12 months of unpaid parental leave, will count as service – meaning parents aren’t punished […]

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  • Community legal centres in Victoria to receive over 7 million in new fundings

    Community legal centres in Victoria to receive over 7 million in new fundings

    The Victorian Government has made more money available to support community legal centres to deliver vital assistance to vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians.The funds are part of new grants round opening today. all 50 community legal centres in Victoria can now apply for a share of $7.1 million over two years from the  Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund, the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Fund, and the Community Legal Centre Family Violence Fund. Attorney General Martin Pakula announced the funding and stated” […]

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  • Meet the government and be informed

    Meet the government and be informed

    Over 70 Victorian African community representatives from more than 45 community groups met with government representatives last July at the Treasury Theatre in Melbourne, as part of the ‘Meet the Government’  initiative organised by the Victorian Settlement Planning Outcomes Committee (VSPOC).  The organisers of the event reported having put it together to help  highlight government services that contribute to the wellbeing of migrants, including refugees and humanitarian entrants settling in Australia. Many government representatives attended the event to present information on […]

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  • Roberta Rich exposes her work in Melbourne

    Roberta Rich exposes her work in Melbourne

    Roberta Rich is an artist from a South African background and she is running an exhibition of her arts works on Thursday 3 August 2017 In Melbourne. Roberta explores the notions of denial and identity in historical and contemporary South Africa. Her work has been exhibited in Melbourne, Adelaide, and will debut in Sydney on August 10th. Exhibition Opening, from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Venue: Blak Dot Gallery | 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick (Via Dawson St) Artist Floor Talk:Saturday August 19th 1.30pm […]

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  • Nominations for Multicultural Awards for Excellence now open

    Nominations for Multicultural Awards for Excellence now open

    Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Inga Peulich MLC has announced the opening of the Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2017. “Multicultural Victoria is alive and well thanks to the many individuals and organisation’s that enrich the cultural life of our city, suburbs and towns,” Ms Peulich said.     Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence recognises these individuals and organisations that promote cross-cultural understanding, support new migrants and refugees, celebrate diversity, and enhance social cohesion. The award categories cover a range of […]

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  • Bright minds needed in South Australia

    Bright minds needed in South Australia

    Bright young minds from around Australia will be exposed to high-tech job opportunities in SA’s lucrative space and defence industries at the Aerospace Futures (AF) conference in Adelaide, starting tomorrow. The annual event, hosted by the Australian Youth Aerospace Association, will see hundreds of university graduates and young professionals mingle with the nation’s industry leaders at the Adelaide Convention Centre, from Wednesday to Friday, July 12-14.   Aaerospace conference in Adelaide (Photo:aerospacefutres.com.au)  “Education plays an important role in inspiring students to […]

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  • Family and parenting challenges within S. Sudanese communities

    Family and parenting challenges within S. Sudanese communities

    In this video, Dr Santino Deng discusses family and parenting issues within South Sudanese communities with AMA’s Clyde Sharady. 

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  • Funding boost for community organisations in Queensland

    Funding boost for community organisations in Queensland

    The Queensland government has announced $12.4 million for 600 community groups – including $1.18 million for Sunshine Coast groups – in the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the Gambling Community Benefit Fund was Queensland’s largest one-off grants program, which distributes about $53 million a year to communities. In the latest round announced today, Mrs D’Ath said 602 groups would benefit from $12.4 million.   Photo: Ethnic community Council of […]

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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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