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Malta’s Consul-on-the-Move programme update

The Consul-on-the-Move programme was launched by Malta's Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr George Vella on 5 May 2016 and provides certain consular services normally available at Malta’s Embassies and Consular posts, in different locations. Such services include the collection of biometric passport ; This programme conforms to the Government’s vision to have government services closer to the citizen. After the successful introduction of the Consul-on-the-Move in South Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand and Queensland, this service will…
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SBS priorities are different from community expectations

 BLOG   By Victor Borg  The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) recently launched a public consultation in relation to the draft criteria that SBS will apply when reviewing its radio schedule next year and determining how the broadcast hours will be spread among the various community languages. A similar review last took place in 2012. Following the 2011 Commonwealth Census, SBS savaged the Maltese language radio broadcast time from 9 hrs to only 2 hrs per week. Subsequently, as…
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ECCV strongly opposes attempts to ‘water down’ Section 18C of Racial Discrimination Act

Mr Eddie Micallef, ECCV Chair The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) is strongly opposed to attempts to change the wording of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. ECCV Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, said that recent media reports about South Australian senator Cory Bernardi lobbing to remove the words “offend” and “insult” from Section 18C, and that fact that he has enlisted 20 senators to support this move, is something that must be “strenuously rejected”. “The…
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Myths and Mediterranean diets

 BLOG   By Prof Maurice Cauchi   Common to dodos and Mediterranean diets is the fact that they seem to exist in the imagination rather than in fact. There are, moreover, several misconceptions as to what the Mediterranean diet actually consisted of. Those of us who experienced the sort of diet that the average person had in the decades of the post World War Two period might find it difficult to equate it with what is being…
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Conscription 1916: Who were the Maltese ‘children of Billy Hughes’?

By Dr Barry York.  The Maltese ‘children of Billy Hughes’ were a group of 214 Maltese migrants who arrived during Australia’s conscription plebiscite campaign a century ago and were deemed to be prohibited immigrants under section 3(a) of the Immigration (Restriction) Act after failing a dictation test in the Dutch language. They are remembered in Maltese communities as it-tfal ta Billy Hughes, ‘Billy Hughes’ children’. To the opponents of William Morris Hughes, like Eddie Ward MP,…
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