ALL MULTICULTURAL GRANTS FACING THE ABBOTT AXE

The Abbott Government has put local multicultural groups in jeopardy, demonstrating once again that it has no interest in supporting projects that will foster social cohesion in our communities. In Question Time today the Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, revealed that all grants to multicultural groups under the Building Multicultural Communities Program, announced by Labor in Government and fully funded in the 2013-14 Budget, are facing the Abbott axe. Continue reading

KEVIN ANDREWS MUST HONOUR MULTICULTURAL GRANTS

More than 400 not-for-profit groups, community organisations and local governments across Australia are being denied up to $14.2 million in Commonwealth funding and are extremely concerned about the Abbott Government’s potential cuts to the Building Multicultural Communities Program. These grants were awarded under proper procedures and were fully funded in the 2013-14 Budget.  Successful applicants were notified and rightly expect to receive this funding. But it now looks increasingly likely that those grants will be cut. Continue reading

CALD COMMUNITIES AT RISK FROM CHANGES TO THE RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT

Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism Michelle Rowland said today that the Abbott Government’s plans to scrap racial discrimination laws will have a detrimental impact on Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Continue reading

FIRST HALF A MILLION VICTIMS OF COALITION CUTS TO NBN

More than half a million homes and businesses were today identified as the first victims of the Coalition cuts to the National Broadband Network. Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare called on the Coalition Government to stick to its word and honour existing National Broadband Contracts whilst the NBN Co Strategic Review is underway. Continue reading

ROWLAND CALLS ON COMMUNITY TO RALLY AGAINST CLOSURE OF CHILDCARE CENTRES

Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland, has called on Blacktown residents to stand up to the Liberals on Blacktown Council and rally against their proposed closure of childcare centres. The United Services Union will be hosting a rally before the Council meeting on 30 October 2013 from 6pm at the Village Green in Blacktown. Ms Rowland said it was becoming clearer by the day that the Liberals on Blacktown Council want to close down council-run childcare centres and the community needed to send a clear message to the Liberals to keep them open. Continue reading

APPOINTMENT TO THE SHADOW MINISTRY

It is a great privilege to be appointed to the shadow portfolios of Citizenship and Multiculturalism and Assisting on Communications. To be appointed to Labor’s Shadow Ministry is an extremely humbling experience and I am very thankful to be given this opportunity. Continue reading

ABBOTT GOVERNMENT DUMPS DISABILITYCARE ROLL OUT IN BLACKTOWN AND BEYOND

The future of DisabilityCare Australia for thousands of people has been thrown into doubt with the Abbott Government walking away from Federal Labor’s plans for the full roll out the scheme. During the election campaign Federal Labor announced its priorities for the next roll out of the national disability insurance scheme from July 2016, including making Blacktown one of the first sites for the roll out. Continue reading

ROWLAND THROWS SUPPORT BEHIND ‘NASHOS’ MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland has thrown her support behind the Cumberland Sub-Branch of the National Servicemen’s Association’s recruitment drive, encouraging local National Servicemen from 1951 to 1972 to join their local Cumberland Sub-Branch. Ms Rowland said the “Nashos” do a great job in representing and standing up for Australian National Servicemen. Continue reading

ROWLAND RE-ELECTED TO THE SEAT OF GREENWAY

ROWLAND RE-ELECTED TO THE SEAT OF GREENWAY To the people of Greenway I am humbled and honoured by the trust you have placed in me to continue to represent you in Australia’s Parliament. Continue reading

NBN SWITCHED ON IN BLACKTOWN AND RIVERSTONE

NBN SWITCHED ON IN BLACKTOWN AND RIVERSTONE More areas in Western Sydney are getting access to the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) reliable, high-speed broadband thanks to the Rudd Labor Government. An additional 4,000 homes in Blacktown have been passed by NBN fibre this week and NBN fibre services have been switched on to 700 premises in Riverstone. The NBN fibre network has now passed 6,100 homes and businesses across Blacktown and Riverstone. Continue reading