The Liberal Friends of India organised a cocktail party at Novotel Norwest Sydney at Baulkham Hills on June 12, 2014. Parliamentary Secretary to Minister for Social Services ConcettaFierravanti-Wells was the chief guest. Among the other guests were Alex Hawke, MP, Matt Kean, MP,
The function was represented by Alex Hawke, MP, and by Matt Kean, MP, Hornsby, and Hon David Clarke MLC from NSW state government. Hon Concetta spoke at length about the recent elections in India and the formation of a BJP government headed by NarendraModi. She said that Australia is eagerly looking forwardtoa Modi visit in November to attend the G20 at Brisbane.
The function was well attended by a large number of members and guests.
The Liberal Party seems to be warming up to the Indian Australian community. This is noticeable from the tone and texture of the speeches and casual conversations in political and social gatherings. This has been missing for long now. But the Liberals need to do a lot more to develop trust with the Indian Australian community.
The evening also had a question and answer session when several members of the audience raised their concerns on matters of importance to the Indian community.
Published in The Indian Sun (Indian Newspaper in Sydney)