MEDIA RELEASE: Labor embraces multicultural representation

MEDIA RELEASE: Labor embraces multicultural representation

Poliversity congratulates the Hon Bill Shorten MP for leading a federal Labor team that represents the multicultural make up of Australia in the 2016 federal election.

Australia has become one of the world’s most successful multicultural nations where Australians come from 200 countries and speak over 260 languages. Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds represent 44 percent of the population with four million Australians speak a language other than English.

From Peter Khalil contesting the federal electorate of Wills to Chris Gambian in Banks and Stefanie Perri in Chisholm, Labor is presenting multicultural Australia with a team of candidates that reflects the growing diversity of our nation.

Poliversity congratulates all the ALP candidates from CALD backgrounds contesting the 2016 federal election. They are listed below:

  • The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Federal Member for Sydney
  • Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Senator for South Australia
  • The Hon Anthony Albanese, Federal Member for Grayndler
  • Anne Aly, Candidate for Cowan
  • Maria Vamvakinou, Federal Member for Calwell
  • Shashi Bhatti, Candidate for Gippsland
  • Michael Danby MP, Federal Member for Melbourne Ports
  • The Hon Mark Dreyfus MP, Federal Member for Isaacs
  • Chris Gambian, Candidate for Banks
  • Steve Georganas, Candidate for Hindmarsh
  • Emma Husar, Candidate for Lindsay
  • The Hon Ed Husic MP, Federal Member for Chifley
  • Sophie Ismail, Candidate for Melbourne
  • Peter Khalil, Candidate for Wills
  • Paul Klisaris, Candidate for Aston
  • Tim Kurylowicz, Candidate for Riverina
  • Hovig Melkonian, Candidate for Casey
  • Stefanie Perri, Candidate for Chisholm
  • Michelle Rowland MP, Federal Member for Greenway
  • Angelo Tsirekas, Candidate for Reid
  • Senator Sam Dastyari, Senator for New South Wales
  • Shou Zhou, Senate Candidate for New South Wales
  • Jagath Bandara, Senate Candidate for New South Wales
  • Paul Han, Senate Candidate for New South Wales
  • Senator the Hon Lisa Singh, Senator for Tasmania
  • Jennifer “Chien-Hui” Yang, Senate Candidate for Victoria

Poliversity Co-founder Jieh-Yung Lo said, “Since Poliversity’s establishment, we have been advocating for greater multicultural representation within the ALP. We welcome the ALP’s recognition of the leadership skills and experience of candidates from CALD backgrounds in this federal election.”

“By having more Australians from CALD backgrounds in the ALP party room, we ensure the issues, needs and aspirations of multicultural Australians are effectively heard and represented.”

Poliversity wishes these candidates all the best on July 2nd.