This is the Budget the Labor Party did not want Victoria’s Multicultural Communities to see before the federal election.
This year’s Multicultural Affairs budget has been cut by $18.5 million representing a 23.81% cut in services and available grants funding for our Multicultural communities.
Multiculturalism is our State’s greatest asset with 28.4 per cent of our population born overseas, coming from over 200 countries, speaking 260 different languages and over more than 130 different faiths.
Every year thousands of people are making Victoria their home with many migrants coming to our State from a much wider range of countries than in the past.
Many of new migrants rely on services provided by so many multicultural communities to help them transition into their new way of life here in Victoria.
Cuts to the Multicultural Affairs budget will make it difficult for many community organisations to continue providing the ongoing support that so many of our new Victorian’s desperately need.
Victoria is the highest taxing state in Australia and despite introducing 20 new taxes since first elected, Daniel Andrews just can’t find the money to support our multicultural communities.
Neil Angus MP
Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs
State Member for Forest Hill
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