House debates

Monday, 20 August 2018

Statements by Members

Melbourne Electorate: Multiculturalism

4:00 pm

Photo of Adam BandtAdam Bandt (Melbourne, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

A few weeks ago, I was around the corner from my place at the Flemington community centre where Somali Independence Day, organised by the Somali community in Victoria, was being celebrated. The Eritrean community organised the security, the Oromo community were looking after the coffee and the Sudanese were making fairy floss for the kids. That's what I call an 'African gang' in Melbourne. That is what an African gang in Melbourne looks like. Any time our new supreme commander, Peter Dutton, would care to come down and take a look, he would see multiculturalism and solidarity on display.

Photo of Lucy WicksLucy Wicks (Robertson, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

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Photo of Adam BandtAdam Bandt (Melbourne, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

The Muslim communities in Australia and around the world are marking Eid al-Adha this week—and to Melbourne's Muslim communities: Eid Mubarak. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Melbourne's Muslim communities for the contribution that you are making to our city.

I will be back at Flemington this Saturday to celebrate the Multicultural Eid Festival. The festival has gone from strength to strength in recent years. It will be a fun day with food, sport and family activities. Everyone is welcome. I will be there with my family, as will many other members of the local community. The festival is organised by the Somali community, the Oromo community, the Eritrean community, the Eritrean Djibouti community, the Yemeni community, the Sudanese community and the South Sudanese community as well as receiving support from local organisations and c   ouncil. To the festival organisers and supporters, I say congratulations. Thank you for the work you're doing to bring our community together.