Ms Peulich, who is also the Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, said the event was one of the largest and most important multicultural events in the State, so it was a real breach of trust that this year’s $30,000 has not been provided, and a worrying sign for future multicultural events.
Quotes attributed to Inga Peulich MLC, Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region:
“The Holi Festival is one of the most important events on the Indian calendar, and the AIII event is one of the largest multicultural events in our region.”
“When making this promise just before the 2014 State election, Labor said: ‘Labors announcement reaffirms its commitment to the Indian Community in Victoria’. Ms Graley and Mr Perera have already broken the promise and shown Labor’s tokenistic approach to multicultural communities.”
“Labor is so distracted by internal factional divisions, strikes, election funding rort investigations and sacking Ministers that they have completely forgotten the community.”
“There is a lot of confusion in multicultural communities about the grants system and changes the Labor government have made, the grants which are now in place and the dates for applications.”
“I am concerned by the number of reports of significant multicultural events not receiving any funding and not knowing how or when to make applications.”