This leaves the Commission weakened at a time when VMC Commissioners should be out in the field, working with various multicultural communities across the state and providing important advice to the Minister.
The VMC has been well represented by hard working VMC commissioners who are now in limbo.
Multicultural Affairs has already been weakened by the Andrews Labor Government’s failure to make and or publicly announce key decisions affecting the administration of multicultural affairs in Victoria.
There is little public awareness of the changes in responsibilities affecting the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Victorian Multicultural Affairs Commission, or the highly valued multicultural affairs grants system.
Key programs such as the social cohesion and resilience fund, intended to strengthen community resilience and prevent violent extremism, has delivered no short term measures to achieve its stated goal.
There are community based programs to reduce online hate material that targets illegal or offensive extremism.
Regrettably, none of these have been funded by the Andrews Labor Government or rolled out to the community at a time of need.
To top it off, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade has also failed to appoint or announce appointments to the Multicultural Business Ministerial Council and the Small Business Ministerial Council, both of critical interest to our multicultural communities.
Quotes attributed to Inga Peulich MLC, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs:
“It is clear that Daniel Andrews, rocked by internal scandals, places its political interests first and the needs of our multicultural communities last.”
“The Multicultural Affairs portfolio under Daniel Andrews is limping rather than providing leadership on issues of critical importance to the community.”
“Victorians now have a depleted VMC unable to fulfil our multicultural communities’ expectations or provide the Minister with advice on important multicultural issues.”
“Good government is more than just spin through media releases. It requires doing the detailed work that clearly has not been done.”