Crime, congestion, cost of living highlighted in community talks with Mr Guy


Leading up to the Victorian State elections what are the issues affecting the Victorian Indian community? Prachi Panchal catches up with few prominent Victorian Indian women to find out what they discussed with State Opposition Leader Mr Matthew Guy when they met him

Shaifali Khatter with Matthew Guy at FOSAI’s India Day celebrations
Mrs Shaifali Khatter
Energy Industry Executive
Mrs Australasia Glamorous 2017

I recently met Mr Matthew Guy at FOSAI’s India Day event in Docklands. I found him to be pretty humble, and also a patient listener. The issues I raised with him were mainly about public transport, especially the car parking issue at Tarneit station.

I also expressed my concerns about secondary school education for our kids in the west area, as we do not have enough schools in the area. Safety was another issue we spoke about on account of the increase in crime rates across Victoria.

Bindiya Bakshi with Matthew Guy
Mrs Bindiya Bakshi
Mortgage Specialist and Business Broker
AFL Ambassador—Richmond Tigers

I have met Mr Matthew Guy on a few occasions, and the key issues I raised with him were the increased rate of crime, and lack of cultural diversity in top corporate and government jobs.

The recent instances of home invasions, thefts, carjacking, and assault have made Victorians feel unsafe.

I found Mr Guy an attentive listener and a great orator. He is compassionate, and down to earth.

Danseuse Nithya Remesan with Matthew Guy
Nithya Remesan
Natya Entertainment, AFL Ambassador—Essendon Bombers
The Indian Sun Person of the Year 2017 (Female—Under 40)

When I met Mr Guy at the Victorian Parliament, we discussed the need for a more community oriented IFFM, where we have a say on which stars are invited. I expressed my displeasure at the exclusion of Mrs Khushbu Sundar from IFFM. I also brought up the traffic congestion issues and the increasing crime rate.

Mandy, Raj, Sheetal and Priyanka with Matthew Guy
Mrs Mandy Bose
Mandy Dance Academy, MDA Events
AFL Ambassador—Hawks, Ambassador—Melbourne Stars

I have had brief discussions with Mr Guy on the current politics situation, the freeway traffic congestion, and the increase in crime rates across Victoria. Mr Guy encouraged the involvement of women from multicultural communities in discussions on political and social issues. He said plans have been initiated by his party to resolve issues such as crime, congestion and cost of living.


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