Our team work for Keep NSW Safe achieves a successful outcome on section 20D of Anti-Discrimination Act

Sydney, 5 June, 2018

FIAN LOGOFederation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN) is pleased that NSW Government has decided to amend section 20D of NSW Anti-Discrimination Act. FIAN is a key and founder member of Keep NSW Safe keep-nsw-safe-logo-6.png team, which has worked actively, effectively and collaboratively with all stakeholders over last several years to achieve this spectacular result. http://www.keepnswsafe.com/

This will PROTECT DIVERSE COMMUNITIES from individuals who incite or threaten violence against people based on their race, religion, sexuality and HIV/AIDS status, and will carry a maximum three-year jail sentence and a fine of $11,000. The legislation will create a new offence in the Crimes Act of publicly threatening or inciting violence against people on the these grounds.

The path of success was difficult, because a few ministers were not keen to amend section 20D, but active work by ministers like Ray Williams and Mark Speakman has overcome the resistance.

I was made aware of this development by Multicultural Minister on 26 May, 2018, when he addressed a multicultural community forum in Strathfield, but was requested to not make it public. I kept my word.

It is indeed great to see NSW Government has listened to the concerns of our communities and responded to them in a positive way. Nobody can be allowed to harm the harmony among the communities in NSW. Punishment will be given if anyone tries to incite violence against others.

“The new laws send a very clear message to offenders that we will not tolerate behaviour which risks people’s safety”, Mr Ray Williams, Minister for Multiculturalism said, and we wholeheartedly support him.

Attorney General, Mark Speakman’s press Release is here. Mark Speakman press release on 20D

Thank you to Premier, Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Government, especially Minister for Multiculturalism, Ray Williams and Attorney General, Mark Speakman for this much needed and overdue action.

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/they-will-not-go-unpunished-three-year-jail-terms-under-new-race-hate-laws-20180605-p4zjn0.html

Dr Yadu Singh

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Community education Seminar series: Diabetes Mellitus

Sydney, 4 May, 2018

Federation of Indian Associations of NSW’s seminar is on Sunday, 20 May, 2.15-4pm. Details in the flyer.

Dr Yadu Singh

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Interactions with Australia’s High Commissioner to India

Sydney/11 October, 2017


Australian High Commissioner to India (New Delhi), Ms Harinder Sidhu, is in Australia presently.  She is here for the mid term consultations with the Government and various stakeholders. As part of these consultations, she met a select group of Indian Australian community representatives  These reps included people from various segments and faiths. 

An hour-long session in the DIBP offices in Parramatta gave an opportunity for all of us to understand and raise relevant issues. 

From Federation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN), Abhijeet Martand and I participated. Mr SK Verma participated  on behalf of the Consulate General of India in Sydney. 

We emphasized the role of Indian Australian community as the bridge between India and Australia and their usefulness in enhancing the relations between Australia and India. I pointed out how we (community) took up the matters during students’ troubles in 2009-10 and helped counter “Australia is racist” campaign by Indian media.  I reiterated that then Australian Government did not utilize the community meaningfully in countering the campaign by Indian media. 

Some wanted to be listed with the Govt agencies for people to contact them when needing help, but we expressed our strong view that no such listing etc should be done without involvement of, and vetting by, the Government agencies because some “leaders” are known to exploit our own people. 

The issue involving the visa for priests was raised. It was mentioned that the standard of English requirement is onerous and excessive.  I pointed out that the matter was also raised in the Q & A session with DIBP Assistant Minister, Alex Hawke, in a recent meeting organized by FIAN, and that it will be better if we work together and raise the matter with the Minister directory. The High Commissioner agreed that the matter is in the policy domain and will better be dealt with the Government. We have a plan to organize a meeting involving key stakeholders and then meet the DIBP Assistant Minister. 

Dr Yadu Singh 

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Invitation for INDIA DAY, Saturday, 12 August, 2017 Parramatta Park

Sydney/27th July, 2017

Federation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN)

Invites

Everyone to

Participate in

INDIA DAY to celebrate India’s Independence Day & Multiculturalism

Saturday, 12 August, 2017, 12-7pm

Parramatta Park, Parramatta

Family & Free event

Alcohol-free event 

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Dr Yadu Singh

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FIAN was a finalist for Australia Day Awards 2017 by City of Parramatta Council

7 April, 2017/Sydney

Federation of Indian Associations of NSW Inc (FIAN) was judged as one of the finalists for City of Parramatta Council’s Australia Day awards on 26/1/17.

FIAN was included in the list for its community advocacy, community work and events. FIAN was the only Indian community organisation to receive this honour.

FIAN is determined and committed to doing things which are relevant, important and necessary for our community.

Dr Yadu Singh

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Maa Tuje Salaam, Dance Drama by Visiting ICCR Troupe, Sun, 2 April, 2017

Sydney, NSW

We invite you to enjoy this great “Dance Drama” performed by this visiting ICCR (Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Govt of India) Troupe.

Sunday, 2 April, 2017, 6.30pm onwards

Castle Grand, 14 Pennant St, Castle Hill, NSW 2154

Book tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?embed&eid=263648

We are supporting National Defence Fund (Chaired by Prime Minister of India), which assists families of Indian Defence Forces’ martyrs.

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https://yadusingh.com/2017/02/27/maa-tuje-salaam-a-multimedia-tribute-to-indias-brave-hearts-sydney-2-april-2017/

Dr Yadu Singh

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