Hindu community in Australia and Indian diaspora, Exclusive meet and greet for Australians of Indian origin and Australian Hindus with opposition leader Anthony Albanese. This was proudly organised by Hindu Council of Australia.
Mr Albanese also said his government would expand the Indian-Australian economic dialogue and promote India’s membership in APEC and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership while speaking to the Hindu Council of Australia in western Sydney.
As a part of its Meet and Greet Political Parties program, Surinder Jain, the Vice President of the HCA, asked Mr Albanese questions on behalf of the Hindu Council of Australia.
|1. AGED CARE
How will the Labor party support the Indian community to make sure we have appropriate religious and cultural aged care?
|Older Hindus who came to Australia over forty years ago helped build this country. They worked hard, paid their taxes and raised their families.
They rightly expected that the Federal Government would support them in their frailer years. That’s what they deserve, that’s what they’ve earned, after a life contributing to their communities and to Australia.
But the Morrison Government has neglected older Australians and the aged care system for the best part of a decade – it’s a national disgrace.
Labor will work with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities, including Indian and Hindu communities, to make sure that we have aged care facilities that meet the cultural and religious needs of our communities.
Would you continue to support and further enhance FTA with India? How will you ensure India is a trading partner of choice with Australia?
|Labor believes in the power of trade to create jobs and economic development in Australia. Labor is the party of free, fair and open trade.
Labor supports the development of closer trade ties with India. If elected, an Albanese Labor Government will:
Indian families across Australia want to make sure we can keep our culture strong for the next generation. How will the Labor party support Indian language and culture schools?
|An Albanese Labor Government will provide grants to community language schools around the country so more Australian children will have the chance to learn a second language.
Under an Albanese Labor Government, every eligible community language school will receive grant funding of up to $30,000 over three years.
At the moment, community language schools mostly teach school-aged children. But we know the younger you start learning a second language, the easier it is to pick it up. That’s why Labor will help more community language schools open their classes to pre-schoolers as well as school age children.
We will help develop Indian languages and cultural capability for Australian tertiary students and industry through:
Labor raised the issue of Hindu persecution in Bangladesh last year. What will Labor’s refugee policy look like?
Labor is concerned to hear of reports of persecution of Hindus. Labor Senator Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, pressed the Australian Government asking what they were doing to support Hindus in Bangladesh when reports of violence were raised with us in October 2021 by the Hindu Council.
Labor’s Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, Kristina Keneally has written to Foreign Minister Marise Payne on the issue, urging her to meet with Hindu community leaders.
An Albanese Labor Government will maintain our strong border security measures without losing our humanity.
Seeking asylum is a human right that helps protect persecuted and vulnerable people and Australia has always played a role as a global leader in the resettlement of refugees.
However, the Liberal-National Government has slashed the humanitarian intake.
Under the Liberal-National Government, regional processing and refugee resettlement have become cases of ongoing cruelty, with people left to languish for years without a permanent solution.
Scott Morrison and the Liberal Government’s cuts to Australia’s humanitarian program are concerning. This will impact Australia’s ability to resettle refugees in the future and our global standing as a leading refugee resettlement nation.
Last week, Labor announced that we will appoint a Global Ambassador for Human Rights if we win the federal election.
The Ambassador will advance the rights and protections for people, including those from ethnic and religious minorities.
Do you support a less expensive and easy process for Parents Visa and Migration. Anecdotal evidence suggests that having parents at home empowers new mothers as they can continue to work, saves Child Care subsidies and increases workplace productivity.
The Morrison Government broke its promises in 2016 and 2019 to introduce a new, uncapped long stay parent visitor visa, causing ongoing difficulty and distress for new and emerging migrant communities.
The Morrison Government is collecting tens of millions in fees from people applying for non-contributory permanent parent visas, that they have almost no hope of ever receiving.
An Albanese Labor Government will require the Department of Home Affairs to accelerate visa and citizenship processing times, with priority given to clearing the backlogs in partner visas (54,000) and citizenship applications (148,000).
The Morrison-Joyce Government is processing 90% of citizenship applications in 30 months. The previous Labor Government processed 90% of citizenship applications within under 6 months.
The Morrison-Joyce Government is processing 90% of partner visa applications within 24 months. The previous Labor Government processed 90% of partner visa applications within 12 months.
We need to make it easier for parents to come to Australia.
We know young families need this because they rely so much on parents help during the first few years, especially because the childcare system is so inaccessible.
Parents are making decisions that one person won’t work because it doesn’t add up. That makes it harder for your family to get ahead.
Labor has a plan to fix Scott Morrison’s broken child care system. Fees are up 41 per cent under the Liberals. Unfortunately, many families make the decision that means women do not re-enter the workforce as it doesn’t make economic sense for their family.
No-one should be penalised for taking on extra hours, extra days or a job. Labor’s child care plan will mean more women are able to re-enter the workforce. Our plan means 96 per cent of families in the system will be better off. That’s better for families, for women and for businesses across Australia.
What is your stand on political parties who spread Hinduphobia with false claims as Mr Shoebridge and other Green MPs have been doing from time to time. What actions would you take to stop it. Will your “How to Vote” cards suggest that preference vote be given to Greens Party (whose members are openly Hinduphobic).
|Labor will govern in our own right and we are seeking a majority government.
There is no Greens-Labor deal, unlike the secret deal between the Liberals and Nationals. We are the only party who can form Government in our own right.
On the issue of discrimination against Hindus, or any person of faith, Labor will act to protect you from discrimination and vilification.
Right now, people in this country are not protected from discrimination on the grounds of their religious belief, or from being attacked because of their religion.
That is why the Australian Labor Party tried to pass amendments to the Religious Discrimination Bill to protect people from vilification – which would protect the Hindu community from discrimination and any anti-Hindu sentiment.
Just like it would protect the Sikh community, or the Jewish community.
This is an important issue the Hindu Council and in fact many members of the community have been raising.
Disappointingly, Scott Morrison and the Liberal Party voted against this.
Hindus are misunderstood to be Nazi supporters when they display their sacred Swastika, a symbol of peace, in public space. What will Labor do to address this?
The Hindu Council of Australia had invited representatives from both major parties to speak about issues that the Indian community was concerned about, and the ALP was the first to accept.
On HCA website, they have noted the statement below:
“Hindu Council of Australia is organizing a meeting of Australian Hindus and Australian Indians to meet major political parties and hear their views about our concerns and to acquaint them with our issues.”
A full set of photos of the event can be found at : Photos of the event