More asylum seekers arrive on planes amid trafficking fears

Arrivals

The number of asylum seekers arriving by air rose last month despite federal government attempts to halt the trend and respond to fears that tens of thousands of foreign workers are being “trafficked” into slavery.

An average of 77 people a day claimed protection after landing at an Australian airport during November — higher than previous averages — reigniting debate over exploitation of the visa system.

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Shaping Crime Prevention

Justice and Community SafetyThe Victorian Government is developing a new approach to crime prevention with a focus on early intervention and prevention to address the root causes of crime and provide better outcomes for people. An exploratory session was held in Shepparton on 6 December 2019. Staff and Board members of the Ethnic Council were in attendance.

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Shepparton: All Paths Lead to Now

All paths lead to nowOver the last few months, Multicultural Arts Victoria and Riverlinks have been developing a significant new arts and culture initiative with a group of six local artists from First Nations and diverse communities living on Yorta Yorta country in and around Shepparton. This is a way in supporting the extended family of Pasifika and African diaspora community and the Kaieltheban country.

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Australia relaxes English requirement for migrant farm workers, offers pathway to permanent residency

farm workersAustralian horticulture farmers will be able to sponsor overseas workers to work in their farms from next year with the Australian government relaxing English language requirements and offering a pathway to permanent residency to skilled and semi-skilled foreign workers.

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Approaching the issues of online pornography with your teenagers

UniMelb LogoThe University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health invite you to attend a Public Lecture by Ms Jenny Walsh at The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health, 49 Graham St (opposite GV Health) Shepparton at 5:30 – 7:00pm on Tuesday 11th February, 2020.

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Bushfire Assistance: Financial and Consumer Rights Council

Financial Consumer Rights Council LogoFor bushfire affected communities – an amount of significant information by way of care from the Financial and Consumer Rights Council  The Financial and Consumer Rights Council is keen to link any of CALD communities in the regions with financial counsellors that have been assigned as part of the emergency response. Introductions to the Council for financial assistance are available.

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Womens Charter Alliance: View and Chat – Media and Representation

View and Chat LogoThe Greater Shepparton Women’s Charter Advisory Committee, in partnership with Goulburn Valley Libraries will conduct an event at Shepparton Library examining representation – under and over – of women in the media on Friday, 31 January, 6-8pm. This is a view and chat event examining representation of women in the media.

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Australian Citizenship – Study Course January 2020 – Afghani interpreter

Australian PassportThe Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District is offering a free course for anyone seeking Australian Citizenship. The course is centered around a study of the questions contained in the test. The course is free and commences on Wednesday, 22 January 2020. This is an English Medium course. Afghani interpreter will be in attendance.

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Australian Citizenship – Study Course – January 2020

Citizenship CeremonyThe Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District is offering a free course for anyone seeking Australian Citizenship. The course is centred around a study of the questions contained in the test. The course is free and commences on Tuesday, 21 January 2020.

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