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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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  • Ms Gichuhi wins a second victory and is now officially confirmed as Senator

    Ms Gichuhi wins a second victory and is now officially confirmed as Senator

    Senetor-elect Lucy Gichuhi has registered another victory after the High Court rejected Labor’s push to challenge her eligibility based on concerns about her citizenship. The High Court of Australia ruled this morning that Ms Gichuhi is free to replace Mr Bod Day as South Australian Senator in the Federal Parliament. Labor’s acting shadow attorney-general Katy Gallagher had argued that there were legitimate questions about her eligibility that needed to be answered. But today the full bench of the High Court […]

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  • National action calling for justice for refugees this Sunday 9 April 2017

    National action calling for justice for refugees this Sunday 9 April 2017

    Ten thousands of people will take to the streets across the country for Palm Sunday actions calling for immediate action on Australia’s shameful treatment of people seeking our protection. “The US refugee deal is limited and uncertain”, said refugee advocate, Pamela Curr. “While the US deal may provide protection for some, there are grave concerns that many asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island may be forced to return to dangerous situations.  They need fair assessment of their claims, and […]

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  • A gap year program may help troubled South Sudanese Youth in Australia

    A gap year program may help troubled South Sudanese Youth in Australia

    The South Sudanese community recently made a submission to the Standing Committee on Migration Public Hearing for the inquiry into Migration settlement Outcomes.  As part of this submission, the chair of the South Sudanese Community Association in Victoria Inc., Kot Monoah provided further written submission that provides a glimpse on what his community is thinking in relation to some of the issues that affect the South Sudanese youth.  South Sudanese Community leaders making making their submission to the Standing Committee In […]

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  • Victoria’s top cop speaks about the complex issue of youth offending

    Victoria’s top cop speaks about the complex issue of youth offending

    Every so often our community is confronted with a worrying and complex problem which touches everyday lives, dominates headlines and divides opinion on possible solutions. Family violence and the scourge of the drug ‘ice’ are two recent examples which captured the public’s attention. While these issues initially present as matters of law enforcement, you need only to scratch the surface to find deeper origins and causes well before police have become involved. Young people committing serious and violent crime has […]

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  • More Jobs for young people in SA

    More Jobs for young people in SA

    Thousands of jobs are expected to be created for younger South Australians, as part of an overhaul aimed at improving flexibility in the public service. Flexibility for the Future is an initiative of the South Australian government designed to give existing public sector workers the opportunity to voluntarily switch to part-time employment. It encourages the reduction in Full Time Employment (FTE), as a means to create opportunities for more employment in the public sector and the government wants to give these […]

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  • 100 abducted children in the DRC have been rescued by the army.

    100 abducted children in the DRC have been rescued by the army.

    Over 100 children who had been abducted by Kamwena Nsapu militiamen in central Democratic republic of Congo have been rescued by the army. According to a statement by UN mission in DRC (MONUSCO) the 100 children who have been freed were being kept as prisoners by the militiamen. The children were reportedly freed by the army as it clashed with the Kamwena Nsapu militia between in the last 2 months.They are aged between 4 and 16yrs. MONUSCO representative Charles Antoine Bambara said at a press conference […]

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  • More compensation for Victorian households with solar panels on their rooftops

    More compensation for Victorian households with solar panels on their rooftops

    Victorian solar households will receive more money for the power they provide to the grid thanks to ground-breaking changes announced  by the Victorian government last week.  Solar households are set to receive a minimum feed-in tariff rate of 11.3 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the current five cents for selling excess electricity back into the grid.   Happy African home owner and solar energy user   Around 130,000 solar households will benefit from the changes. Solar customers on the current minimum feed-in […]

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  • Union leader says Migrant workers to be the hardest hit by new laws

    Union leader says Migrant workers to be the hardest hit by new laws

    The  recent Fair Work Commission decision to allow Sunday penalty rates paid in retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries to be reduced from the existing levels, continues to attract comments from politicians, union leaders, industry leaders and other stakeholders. The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) says that migrant workers will be hardest hit by new laws introduced by the Turnbull Government. National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that while the Turnbull Government is attacking all workers, those from non- English […]

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  • More funding announced for Victoria’s multicultural events

    More funding announced for Victoria’s multicultural events

    Victorian Organisers of community festivals and events are now invited to apply for funding from the Government, as more than $2 million is made available to community groups and schools as part of the recently launched  “Victorian. And proud of it” multicultural policy from the government. The funding is now available and eligible organisations can apply from today Monday 27 February 2017  under the Multicultural Festivals and Events (MFE)  program for any events held during the 2017-18 financial year.   Performers at […]

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  • Whooping cough warning in South Australia, pregnant women encouraged to vaccinate

    Whooping cough warning in South Australia, pregnant women encouraged to vaccinate

    A spike in whooping cough cases in South Australian babies has prompted the South Australia Health Minister to issue an urgent warning to pregnant women to make sure they are vaccinated. A free State Government funded vaccine is available to women who are in their final trimester. Pregnant women are urged to get the vaccine to protect their new born babies, following four cases of whooping cough in babies aged less than six months in the past three weeks. “This is a really […]

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  • More money to boost sport involvement for disadvantaged kids in Queensland

    More money to boost sport involvement for disadvantaged kids in Queensland

    More sport participation vouchers for Queensland kids The Queensland government will offer a further $500,000 to help Queensland children kick-start their involvement in organised sport or recreation activities through the re-opening of Round 9 of the popular Get Started Vouchers program. Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said the high demand for the $150 Get Started Vouchers this year had led to a further boost in funding for the program. Kids playing soccer (Photo- google.com) “We boosted the program last […]

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  • South Australian government to provide more funding for vulnerable communities

    South Australian government to provide more funding for vulnerable communities

    The South Australian government is providing $1 million for vulnerable  community groups. Grants of between $10,000 and $100,000 are available for projects under the Fund My Community program, which aims at supporting disadvantaged, isolated or vulnerable South Australians to participate in their local communities and build foundations for positive change in their lives. “Fund My Community gives every South Australian an opportunity to influence where state government funding should be directed”, stated Zoe Bettison, Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion Zoe Bettison.   […]

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  • Victoria government wants to reduce discrimination when hiring new employees

    Victoria government wants to reduce discrimination when hiring new employees

    Victorians will have a fairer playing field when applying for jobs under an anti-discrimination pilot program launched by the Victorian government. The program is part of the new Multicultural Policy Statement and the supporting campaign “Victorian.And part of it” launched on Sunday 19 February 2017 by Premier Daniel Andrews and Robyn Scott, Minister for Multicultural affairs in Victoria.   In an Australian-first, Recruit Smarter will de-identify personal details – such as names, genders, ages, and locations – to reduce potential […]

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  • New child protection laws being debated by the SA parliament

    New child protection laws being debated by the SA parliament

    New child protection laws to be introduced to Parliament this week as the South Australia Government continues its overhaul of the child protection system. The new bill will replace the current Children’s Protection Act to help ensure the safety of children and young people and give a voice and better representation to children and young people under guardianship in decisions that will affect their lives.     “This Bill will help underpin the fundamental shift in the delivery of child protection services […]

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  • Showing leadership in youth crime prevention in Melbourne

    Showing leadership in youth crime prevention in Melbourne

    The Leader of the South Sudanese Community of Victoria (SSV), Kot Monoah, is taking action to help prevent crime by young Australians of African background in general and South Sudanese in particular. “We need a Community Led Crime Prevention Initiative. It is important for us to ensure that we are part of the solution to criminal activities in our communities. These kids need help and the bad publicity that often comes from the reporting of crime by African youths affects […]

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  • South Sudan’s historic appearance at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

    South Sudan’s historic appearance at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

    As over 200 countries converge on Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics Games, there is one country that has never been there before and that country is the Republic of South Sudan. The historic appearance of South Sudan in the world’s most populous and biggest sporting event came after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) accepted the new country as its 206th member nation in August 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. Many South Sudanese around the world who were fortunate to […]

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  • Census 2016: your participation benefits African communities

    Census 2016: your participation benefits African communities

         Australian census takes place every five years. The evening of Tuesday, 9 August, 2016 is Census Night. Census figures are well respected official figures. It is important that the 2016 Census gives a complete account of the population of people of African background, a growing community in Australia. Australian politicians and service providers rely on Census figures and would usually ask how many of people of your ethnic background live in a suburb, local council, constituency or state. […]

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  • Meet the Djiboutian diaspora in Melbourne

    Meet the Djiboutian diaspora in Melbourne

    The Djiboutian diaspora in Melbourne organised its first ever independence day festival on 08 July 2016. The event took place at a quiet inner city suburb of Thornbury, in Melbourne North. Over two hundred people attended the event, including many friends of Djibouti. The successful event was organised by Mouktar Mohamed Robleh, a Djiboutian who arrived in Melbourne just over two years ago and who is keen to raise the flag for his country, the republic of Djibouti.    Cultural dance […]

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  • What do African-Australians think of Australia day? True blue Afro-Aussies?

    What do African-Australians think of Australia day? True blue Afro-Aussies?

      After the celebrations and the demonstrations related to Australia day, it’s time for some reflection. What does Australia day mean for us African-Australians, as members of new and emerging communities in this great nation of Australia? Are we “True blue” Aussies? Can we even claim to be ‘true blue Aussies? May be ‘True blue black” Aussies?   Two African-Australian celebrate Australia Day (Photo: www.sgtalk.org)   The first surprising thing about this Australia day is that almost no prominent African-Australian community leader around the […]

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  • The tragic death of a Liberian-Australian boy is a sad story with  many ramifications. Find out why

    The tragic death of a Liberian-Australian boy is a sad story with many ramifications. Find out why

        The recent death of a 24-year-old young African boy in Adelaide raises a lot of questions in the community. The boy’s girlfriend, Antoinette Jacobson, a young Liberian-Australian teenager, has been charged for the death. Both the victim and the accused were young people who came to Australia in search for a better life. Now, one life is gone and the other is changed for ever, for the worse, not for the better.  James Gaye killed in Mansfield Park […]

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