Victorian election 2022: Labor leader pledges $10m for Indian community, Langar at MCG


Mr Andrews visited the Sikh temple on Wednesday to receive one of three commemorative coins that the Nepal Rastra Bank issued in 2019 to mark the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak.
The coins were presented last week to Gurdwara Sahib Blackburn at an event co-hosted by Sri Guru Nanak Satsang Sabha and the Australia-New Zealand chapter of the Aitchison Yadavindrian Old Students Association.

The state premier took the opportunity to promise additional cultural grants to the Indian community if he wins this year’s election.

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (L) receiving the specially minted Nepalese coin November 16 at the Blackburn Gurdwara. Credit: Hindi SBS

In an exclusive interview with SBS Hindi on the sidelines of the event, Mr Andrews said “there is a $10 million fund for the Indian community and we are very confident that there will be significant grants for our Sikh community from this fund. Of course, we have to go through a process.”

According to the Labor leader, other initiatives that will be taken by his party if re-elected include lighting major government buildings in Melbourne in saffron for Guru Nanak Dev’s birthday each year.

“It is about recognizing the life, works, teachings of Guru Nanak Dev and the contribution that the Sikh community makes every year. It is a small thing but it is a powerful signal to the community at large” , said Mr. Andrews.

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Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews (L) at Blackburn Gurdwara. Credit: Hindi SBS

Noting that sports and events are effective tools for celebrating diversity, he raised the prospect of hosting a Kabaddi exhibition match ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2026.

Furthermore, the prime minister also talked about the possibility of having the ‘biggest Langar’ at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which would involve all Gurdwaras across the state.

We will work with MCG to have the greatest demonstration of Sikh values ​​and Sikh generosity…and educate about the values ​​of Sikhism.

Dan Andrews, leader of the Labor Party

Labor and the Coalition have pledged millions of dollars in health care funding and made cost of living announcements to ease the pain of rising prices in their election campaigns.

But Mr Andrews said his party had presented ‘a positive agenda for the future of the state’, which ranges from a $250 energy savings bonus for every household to free kinders and investments in health facilities.

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(L to R) India’s Consul General for Melbourne, Dr Sushil Kumar, Blackburn Chairman Gurdwara, Anterpreet Singh, Labor leader Dan Andrews and local businessman Luckee Kohli. Credit: Hindi SBS

On the issue of Indian representation in Victorian politics, Mr Andrews said: ‘Just as the Sikh community, the Indian community and multicultural communities are at the heart of every part of our success as a state, they will end up in our Parliament in much larger numbers.”

“It’s going to be a great day. And I don’t think it’s too far off,” Mr Andrews said.
Indian-born Labor candidates this year include Rowville’s Mannie Kaur Verma and North Eastern Metro’s Nildhara Gadani.
According to census data, the biggest increase in country of birth for people born outside Australia was India, which overtook China and New Zealand to become the third country of birth behind Australia and Australia. ‘England.
An additional 217,963 people born in India were counted in the 2021 census compared to five years earlier.
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