To date, the Minister for Multicultural Affairs has moved at a snail’s pace, failing to deliver on the ground results.
In 2016, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Inga Peulich MLC encouraged African Australian community leaders meeting at Kensington Town Hall to work together to develop a strategy for the African community in Victoria.
Given Labor’s lack of leadership on this issue, Ms Peulich has called for the establishment of a multi-agency taskforce to help do the job.
Ms Peulich has repeatedly called for support and funding for an African communities action plan to help address the challenges faced by Victoria’s African Australian community.
In response, the Andrews Labor Government allocated $8.6million to fund a 10-year strategy - that is $860,000 per year to fund a plan that targets 55 African countries.
Effectively, the allocation is a mere $15,636 per a country per a year.
For too long, Labor has been treading water on this issue. Now, in an election year, Labor offers an election sweetener to silence dissent and criticism for a plan with very few identifiable deliverables.
“The Premier and his Ministers should have been working harder throughout the term to help address the challenges identified by many African community leaders.”
“Our African communities deserve more than just pre-election sweeteners.”
Contact: Inga Peulich MLC (03) 9772 1366