Labor commits to the South Asian community

By Our Reporter
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A Shorten Labor Government will match the commitment of $2.5 million to the South Asian community to build community facilities, said Tony Burke, Shadow Minister for Environment and Water, and Member for Watson.

This election is a choice between a united Shorten Labor Government investing in our community or more cuts and chaos under the Liberals, he said.

“The South Asian community is a significant and growing community in Australia. This funding will mean they can build new facilities or modernise existing ones. Labor will consult further with the community to finalise the process.”

He said these commitments are in addition to Labor’s programs of $100 million for CALD aged care; a cheaper and fairer long stay parent visa, uncapped and open to both sets of parents; $4.5 million for the Building Multicultural Communities program; $3.5 million for the Multicultural Arts and Festivals program; $8 million for community language schools; $19.2 million for Multicultural Australia, a new body within government dedicated to helping CALD communities around Australia.

Modern Australia and multicultural Australia are the same thing. Labor is proud to support community groups and we know that society is stronger because of our diversity.

Funding for this commitment has been included in Labor’s Fair Go Budget Plan, available at


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