I was delighted to hear from my colleague Ros Spence, the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, that funding for a great organisation in Hawthorn has been granted from the CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) Communities Taskforce.
This funding is focused on organisations who support multicultural communities, and thus I was pleased to see it allocated to Hawthorn’s branch of AHEPA, a Hellenic association which has really stepped up to the plate to back its community during a challenging time.
“AHEPA VICTORIA is very grateful to receive the grant from the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities Taskforce which will assist our members to continue to support the hundreds of families in Melbourne who are facing desperate times due to the second lockdown in Victoria due to COVID-19” said Elias Doufas, the chairperson of the AHEPA VICTORIA Philanthropy Committee.
AHEPA has been raising its own funds tirelessly, in order to provide substantial quantities of basic food items such as meat, milk, and vegetables which were distributed by volunteers to over 140 food packages to families in need Melbourne.
Thank you for your work, AHEPA. We are proud, as a Government, to invest in communities like this one.
June 27, 2022 - Parliament
It gives me pleasure to speak on the Children and Health Legislation Amendment (Statement of Recognition and Other Matters) Bill 2022. This is a bill that will amend multiple acts in order to strengthen the regulatory framework around Aboriginal self-determination in Victoria. I want to...
June 10, 2022 - Parliament
In this weeks Members Statement, I discussed the climate crisis and what our Government is doing about it.
June 9, 2022 - Parliament
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May 30, 2022 - Parliament
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April 14, 2022 - Parliament
I was going to begin with a text for today, but I really cannot let the member for Gembrook get too far away there. I just want to talk about elephants briefly—it is the concept of the elephant in the room. When I hear this...
April 4, 2022 - Parliament
Watch my speech on the Gambling and Liquor Legislation Amendment Bill below.
March 18, 2022 - Parliament
As a former officer in the RAAF, I was especially delighted to be given the honour of representing the government at the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin. It was a timely reminder that many Australians have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our...
November 29, 2021 - Parliament
Adapted from John Kennedy’s Speech to the Legislative Assembly on 17 November 2021 The Attorney-General’s question and answer document states: ‘We will better balance the right to equality with the right to religious freedom, ensuring protection and promotion of both rights.’ There are colleagues better...