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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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Maltese Cultural Festival 2016 to be held in Melbourne during September

The Maltese Community Council of Victoria has organised the Maltese Cultural Festival 2016 which consists of a number of events that are being held in Melbourne during September. The Festival commences with the celebration of the Feast of Maria Bambina on 8th and 11th September and concludes on Sunday 25th September with a lunchtime restaurant. Most of the events will be held at the Maltese Community Centre in Parkville. The Maltese community in Victoria is urged to…
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‘Consul-on-the-Move’ project launched to facilitate Maltese biometric passport applications in overseas localities

On Thursday 5 May the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr George W. Vella, launched the project Consul-on-the-Move. The project will facilitate the collection of biometric passport applications for Maltese living abroad. It will also enable the Maltese communities abroad to avail themselves of all Consular services normally found at Embassies and Consular Offices, in localities nearer to them. This project conforms with the Government’s vision to have governmental services nearer to the citizen. The urgent need…
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Maltese Ex Services Association participates in ANZAC Day March

A group of Maltese Ex Services Association members and their families participated at the annual ANZAC Day march held at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne yesterday. The group was led by Association President Mr Joseph Stafrace, who took over the presidency after the passing away of  the much loved Emmanuel 'Laurie' Spiteri last year. A group of about thirty marched with the Maltese ex-servicemen to the Shrine as part of the official proceedings. Later they visited…
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Minister clarifies impact of proposed Australian pension changes on travelling pensioners

In its latest issue published today, The Voice of the Maltese reported on the outcome of its investigation of the issue relating to the payment of the Australian age pension overseas and the international social security agreement between Australia and Malta. The paper sought and received clarification of this issue from the Minister for Social Services and member for Pearce in Western Australia, the Hon Christian Porter MP. Social Services Minister Christian Porter MP In his…
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