Immigration minister makes changes to help religious institutions access relevant skills & fill religious workers shortage

Sydney/7 March 2019

I Met Federal Minister for Immigration, The Hon David Coleman MP at Hilton Hotel, Sydney this evening, along with other community reps.

I was pleased to know that the federal government listened to the concerns and feedback and is introducing new measures to help religious institutions ie temples, access the skills and fill manpower (priests) shortage.

I too was asked to provide feedback in this matter. I consulted various temples, especially Pt Jatin Bhatt from Sri Mandir, Auburn and Mr Jagdish Chawla from Shiva temple, Minto, to have a full understanding of the issues and submitted a report to the ministry of Home Affairs.

Apart from relaxing the religious labor agreement settings in regards to previously introduced “minister of religion” visa sponsorship, religious institutions will also be allowed to sponsor overseas religious workers as “religious assistants” to overcome the shortage of appropriately trained religious workers in Australia.

Minister said “these new measures will help address Australia’s religious-worker skill shortage”.

He also said “religious freedom is a fundamental tenet of our nation and religious institutions should be supported in their important work”.

These changes are good and will ease the difficulties, which our temples and other religious institutions face in filling the positions of religious workers in their institutions. These changes will be implemented from Monday, 11 March 2019.

Dr Yadu Singh

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We remember Prabha Arun Kumar today

Sydney, 7 March 2019

Our community remembers Prabha Arun Kumar today.

It was on 7 March, 2015, when she was murdered in the evening, while returning home from work and walking through Parramatta Park.

https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/amp.smh.com.au/national/nsw/parramatta-stabbing-why-prabha-arun-kumars-husband-was-not-told-of-her-death-20150310-1405sj.html

https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/amp.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/vigil-marks-oneyear-anniversary-of-indian-woman-prabha-arun-kumars-murder-at-parramatta-park/news-story/a7e26f5dbacd815939120da9edcac552

https://yadusingh.com/2016/03/08/remembrance-vigil-for-prabha-arun-kumar-parramatta-park-7th-march-2016/

From all the published information, it was a targeted and pre-planned murder. She was not robbed.

Culprits haven’t been found, arrested or charged 4 years after this heinous and gruesome murder of a young mother of a young child, despite much efforts including visits of NSW Police to India to speak to her family members and husband.

We are concerned about the progress of the investigation and lack of outcome.

We remember Prabha today and hope that her murderer (s) is/are caught and brought to justice soon.

RIP.

Dr Yadu Singh

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Premier’s Harmony Dinner at Rose Gardens was a spectacular success

Sydney, 28 February, 2019

Premier’s Harmony Dinner was a wonderful evening. Fantastic to celebrate diversity & multiculturalism in this beautiful state, NSW, with 1500 people in this sold out event.

Wonderful to meet so many friends from various sections of NSW. It was a matter of privilege to have met and interacted with Premier, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian, Ministers Ray Williams, Matt Kean and Victor Dominello.

We support Multiculturalism within the Australian ethos and values, and events like this go a long way in welcoming diversity and Multiculturalism.

Thank you Multicultural NSW and thank you Premier.

Dr Yadu Singh

Holi 2019: Festival of Colours on 10 March in Parramatta

SYDNEY, 28/2/19

Holi 2019: Festival of Colours is happening on Sunday, 10 March, 2019.

Venue: The Prince Alfred Square, Cnr Church Street and Victoria Road, Parramatta, NSW 2150.

Everyone is invited.

It’s a free and alcohol free event.

It’s supported by Parramasala and NSW Government.

Dr Yadu Singh

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Condolence meeting (शोक सभा) in Sydney for CRPF martyrs of a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, India

16/2/19

Condolence meeting

(शोक सभा)

For martyred CRPF Jawans in Jammu and Kashmir, India

Venue: Dezire Function Centre, 107-109 Main Street, Blacktown, NSW 2148

Sunday, 17 February, 2019

10am-12pm

RSVP: Dr Yadu Singh 0413375669

Rajiv Chaudhri 0404 391 599

Neeraj Yadav 0405 104 253

Navneet Singh 0406 168 111

Kiran Sirikonda +61 406 968 799

John Niven 0411 259 978

Nose piercing issue of a Hindu student in a Perth College

Aranmore Catholic College

https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/aranmore-catholic-college-drama-hindu-student-kicked-out-of-school-for-a-nose-piercing-ng-b881097548z

Sanya Singhal, a Hindu student, is a student in Aranmore Catholic College in Perth, WA and was told to remove her nose piercing if she wanted to continue studying in the College. The College’s dress code does not permit any facial piercing. This matter has been covered in the media. Since nose piercing has cultural and traditional basis for Hindus, we thought we should write to the College.

———————Our letter to Aranmore Catholic College—————————

Mr Declan Tanham

Principal, Aranmore Catholic College

41 Franklin St, Leederville WA 6007

acc@aranmore.wa.edu.au

Dear Mr Tanham,

We have become aware of the news involving a Hindu girl in your college. https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/aranmore-catholic-college-drama-hindu-student-kicked-out-of-school-for-a-nose-piercing-ng-b881097548z

There is some misunderstanding among various faith-based educational systems regarding Hinduism and its culture and traditions. This is often due to insufficient knowledge and awareness of Hindu religion and practices.

This can be dealt with if there is consultation between Aranmore Catholic College and local Indian/Hindu community in Perth. If religious symbols of other religions are permitted, then there cannot be any difficulty to do so for Hindu students.  We understand that Catholic schools and other faith-based educational establishments rightly permit Sikh students to wear turbans and Muslim girls to wear Hijabs.

There might be some misunderstanding and confusion in regards to nose piercing for Hindu girls. For Hindu girls, nose piercing has cultural and traditional meaning. It is not a fashion or rebellion statement.  

We urge you to review your decision. It will be good if the Catholic Educational establishment initiates a dialogue with the local Indian/Hindu community to have a better understanding of Hindu/Indian culture and practices.

 13/2/19

Dr Yadu Singh, President, 0413 375 669

—————————Response from Aranmore Catholic College————————————-

Dear Doctor Singh

Thank you for your email.

Our school is a multi-cultural school which welcomes all cultures. We have had many Hindu students who have attended our school over the years. We also have an Intensive English programme for mostly refugee students.

We have a Hindu on our School Board and I am meeting with a Hindu priest today to seek some clarity around this matter.

As you know we are a Catholic School and when we enrol students we seek agreement from our parents to support our college policies. If they choose to do so, then the enrolment can proceed. The media and those agitating are portraying this as an issue around Hinduism. Clearly, it is not, as our policy is administered with all students. Incidentally, virtually all non-government schools in Perth have the same policy.

I am trying to gain an understanding of the significance of the nose ring as I have received conflicting views around the wearing of the nose ring (from Hindu people). The common feedback which I have received has suggested that wearing the nose ring is a choice and not a religious obligation, although it has religious significance. I am told that some do wear it and some don’t.

Given that is the case I offered the family the option of keeping the nose ring in and removing it whilst she is at the school. I feel that this is a fair compromise but the family have rejected it.

The family rejected this compromise.

There are hundreds of girls in private schools in Perth, who comply with their school expectations and agreements around uniform and do not wear the nose ring.

As you know schools have rules and we have processes for reviewing them from time to time, but not through the media. Rules are difficult in schools as students wish to select which ones they wish to comply with and which ones they don’t.

I do thank you for your measured response and the information contained within, I assure you Hindus are welcome at this school and the ones who are present are thriving.


Many believe that it is simply an issue of Catholics being unaware of Hindu traditions and cultural practices. It is possible to resolve it by a discussion with Catholic school establishment.
Indian Australian community in Western Australia and elsewhere has taken this matter up with the College. Mr Prashant Parihar from Federation of Indian Associations of WA (FIANWA) has spoken with the principal of the college. It is important that important traditional symbols of non-christian students are permitted in Catholic schools in a manner which is fair and doesn’t disrupt the environment for education. Some have indicated that Catholic schools rightly permit Sikh students to wear turbans and Muslim girls to wear Hijabs. Nose piercing is not a fashion or rebellion statement of a Hindu teenager but is a well-entrenched, although not universally practised, a cultural and traditional ritual for Hindu girls, when they achieve menarche.
Many believe that a meeting between Catholic Education establishment and Indian Australian community reps, especially those who are from the Hindu faith, will resolve the issue and misunderstanding.
Dr Yadu Singh
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