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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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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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ANZAC Day 2016: Maltese Contribution to ANZAC Spirit

A Tribute to the fallen Maltese-Australian ANZACs killed in action  BLOG   Today 25 April we commemorate the 101st anniversary of ANZAC Day. It is a fitting occasion to pay a special tribute to seven brave, young Maltese soldiers, who joined the ranks of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, better known as ANZAC, and gave up their life on the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Western Front in Europe during the First World War. Six…
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Three generations of Maltese in Australia: A picture through surveys of the population

 BLOG   By Prof. Maurice Cauchi   In Australia, almost 50 per cent of the population were born overseas or had parents who were born overseas, a percentage which is bound to increase in the coming years. This has enabled this country to increase its population from just over 7 million in the immediate post-war period to 24 million in 2016, an increase of over 300 per cent.  Maltese and their offspring have contributed several hundred thousand to…
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