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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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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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