John Kennedy, the newly elected president of the United Indian Associations, says that his priorities for the umbrella organisation of Indian associations in Sydney will be to raise funds for an India Centre, and campaign against proposed changes to the racial discrimination laws. Kennedy says that financial transparency and better management will remain on top of his agenda.
Kennedy was elected unanimously after other contenders withdrew their nominations.
Speaking to this reporter Kennedy dismissed rumours that the UIA was becoming irrelevant and out of touch with the community. Kennedy says that talk of divisions and differences in the UIA are baseless rumors, and the association remains democratic and committed to discussing different points of view to iron out differences with a view to “serve the Indian community”.
Kennedy was the secretary of UIA, and he has been involved with Tamil associations.
Kennedy thinks the growing Indian community needs a community centre and he believes that the UIA is best placed to make this a reality. He thinks that the growing numbers of Indian associations and the growth of the community have increased the importance and the scope of the UIA as a champion of Indian community interests in Australia.
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