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MINISTER FUNCTION 2009
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Hon. John Castrilli, MLA, Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests was a guest of the Australian Asian Association on Wednesday 28th January at the first Presidents and Secretaries Dinner Meeting for 2009.
In spite of his busy schedule, he spent over 2 hours with us, giving the Presidents an opportunity to meet with him informally before the formal part of the meeting commenced. As the new Minister in this portfolio, having joined the Barnett Cabinet late last year, he had expressed a desire to hear from the community about the many issues that are of concern to them, so that the information could be used when he prepares his policies and planning for the first term of the government.

In the absence of the Secretary, Mel Fialho stood in as M/C and introduced the President Nigel David to welcome the Minister. The Minister thanked the President for inviting him and briefly outlined his plans for the sector. He also mentioned that the ‘State Government is committed to representing culturally and linguistically diverse communities and removing other barriers such as racism to affirm the participation of all Western Australians in our society. He indicated that he was forming an Advisory Body to which he was happy to announce the appointment of The President of the Australian Asian Association Mr. Nigel David as a member.

Prior to the meeting the President sent out a form to all our member organisations requesting them to identify any issues of concern. He invited four speakers to make their presentations: Dr. Jugal Agarwalla, President, Indian Society of W.A. a representative of the Burmese Association of W.A., Dr. Casta Tungaraza, and Andrea Creado, Director, Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre. A copy of The Australian Asian Association 25 year History and a bound copy of the speaker’s documents were presented to the Minister.

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