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  • Moustapha Barry wants Western charities to stop staining the image of Africa to fill their coffers

    Moustapha Barry wants Western charities to stop staining the image of Africa to fill their coffers

    Moustapha Barry is an Australian engineer and community leader from a Senegalese background. He is passionate about making a difference in the community and cares a lot about the image of the continent of Africa and the African person in Australia, Africa and globally. Barry recently  received an email from UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugee) asking for a donation to help address famine in Somalia and Nigeria. Upon reading the email, Barry noticed that the wording of the message from UNHCRC […]

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  • Meet Easter Family, a group of passionate young African Gospel performers

    Meet Easter Family, a group of passionate young African Gospel performers

    Easter is around the corner and a group of young people in Melbourne West is determined to celebrate this important Christian festival with a bang. Easter Family is the name of the group, which is made up of mostly young African Christians who are passionate about their faith and are putting together an event called Easter Celebration to shout out their joy in remembering the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The event is scheduled to take place on 21 April 2017 at […]

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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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  • African countries come together to launch a  continental livestock project

    African countries come together to launch a continental livestock project

    Ethiopia,Kenya,Egypt,Uganda,Nigeria and Burkina Faso have have along with 2  international development partners launched a continental  project called ”Africa sustainable livestock (ASL) meant to help in managing the sector. The international partners supporting ASL are  the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)of the United Nations.  The main objective of ASL is to address the challenges and opportunities related to long term development of livestock sector.The launching has taken place in Ethiopia’s capital , Adis-Ababa. […]

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  • Queensland government to provide more money for child care

    Queensland government to provide more money for child care

    The Queensland government has announced a  $15 million funding boost to help more working families sign up as foster carers, by helping to cover the out-of-pocket childcare expenses for children aged one to five-years-old. The government hopes to be able to attract more working Queenslanders to take on the invaluable job of fostering, after pledging to help pay for childcare and kindy.   Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk hopes the funding boost will be a game-changer for vulnerable kids in Queensland, and hopes it […]

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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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  • Fifth edition of Africa Business Forum to be held in Ethiopia in March 2017

    Fifth edition of Africa Business Forum to be held in Ethiopia in March 2017

    The 5th edition of the Africa Business Forum will be held for the second time in Ethiopia on the 1st of March 2017, under the Patronage of Saudi Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi, one of the largest investors in Africa, Forbes ranked billionaire and Ethiopia’s biggest employer. A statement issued by Africa business forum said that prior to the conference, the Africa Business Forum B2B Investment Meeting was held successfully on the 25th January 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Center […]

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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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  • Meet Victoria’s Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs

    Meet Victoria’s Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs

    Inga Peulich is the Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs in the State of Victoria. In a video interview with AMA’s Clyde Sharady, Ms Peulich talks about her role and shares her view on multiculturalism and her appreciation of multicultural communities in general and African communities in particular.   Honourable Inga Peulich,  Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs (Victoria)    Peulich has been a member of parliament for over 20 years and has occupied different positions throughout her political career, but she […]

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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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  • Community Survey to help understand the Audience of African-Australian media around the country

    Community Survey to help understand the Audience of African-Australian media around the country

    The University of South Australia is organising a survey  to help African-Australian media producers gain with a better understanding of their audiences, which will in turn help improve the overall quality and effectiveness of their media. The survey documents can be accessed though link: https://goo.gl/forms/KwdKeXeiSZDXhtk92       Currently, there is little known about ethnic and migrant media audiences. The feedback that media workers and producers get is usually in the form of comments, call-ins or chatting with people on […]

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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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  • 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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