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Abbott government tightens funding conditions to silence community critics

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 NEWS   The Abbott government is using tightened conditions in community funding agreements to silence its critics. In the revised service agreements, under which the federal government provides funding to about 140 community legal centres around Australia, the new conditions specifically state that organisations cannot use Commonwealth money for any activity directed towards law reform or advocacy. These agreements came into effect on 1 July 2014. Read more …

Largest ethnic community station in Australia Radio 3ZZZ celebrates 25 years

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 NEWS   Radio 3ZZZ, the largest ethnic community station in Australia Radio broadcasting from Melbourne, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a multicultural concert and book launch on Sunday 6 July 2014 held in the hall of Alphington Grammar in Alphington.

Among the distinguished guests present was the Hon. Inga Peulich MLC, Cabinet Secretary representing the Premier of Victoria; the Hon Jenny Mikakos MLC, Shadow Minister for Community Services representing the Leader of the Opposition; Councillor Trent McCarthy, representing the Leader of the Victorian Greens; Mr Peter Bachelor, President of the Community Broadcasting Foundation; Ms Marion Lau, Member of the Victorian Multicultural Commission; and Mr Eddie Micallef, Chairperson of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV). Read more …

Nominations invited for MCCV Community Awards 2014 – date for nominations extended to 31 August

The Maltese Community Council of Victoria invites nominations from affiliated associations and members of the MCCV Executive Committee for the MCCV Community Awards for 2014. The MCCV has extended the due date for nominations which must be forwarded to the MCCV Secretary by not later than 31 August 2014.

The purpose of these awards is to recognise the valuable contribution of Maltese people to the enrichment of Maltese Community, whether by scholarship, welfare services, artistic contribution and contribution to the well being of members of the Maltese community on a day to day basis. Read more …

Alfred Fenech (1937-2014) – a stalwart advocate for the Maltese in NSW

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 OBITUARY   Alfred Fenech, President of the Maltese Community Council of NSW, and former Honorary Consul (Commercial) for Malta in NSW, passed away on Monday 30 June 2014 aged 76 years. Better known as “Freddie” among Maltese-Australians, Alfred Fenech was a stalwart advocate for the Maltese in NSW, with a strong track record of active community involvement stretching over 40 years.  His life-long commitment to engendering unity among Maltese is equal to none in NSW.

Funeral Mass for Alfred Fenech will take place on Tuesday 8th July 2014 at 10.30 am at St Marys Cathedral, St Marys Rd, Sydney NSW. This will be followed by a burial service to be held at 1.00 pm at Rookwood Cemetery, Hawthorne Ave, Rookwood NSW. The funeral director has created an online memory book at the link below, in which anyone, particularly those who cannot attend the funeral or reside interstate or overseas, may express their condolences: http://www.heavenaddress.com/Alfred-John-Carmel-Fenech-OAM/480979 Read more …

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