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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 4 July 2015
NEWS 24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 4 JULY 2015 I made mistakes in 2013: Mirabella Former Liberal frontbencher Sophie Mirabella admits she made mistakes during the 2013 federal election campaign, as she tries to win back her Victorian seat. The ex-MP, who lost the seat of Indi to independent Cathy McGowan, won Liberal preselection at the weekend. "I spent too much campaigning elsewhere out of the electorate (and) clearly people wanted to see more of me on the ground," Ms Mirabella told ABC radio. Skilled occupation list updated Panelbeaters and cabinet makers will be added to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for independent skilled migration applicants, the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash and the Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, announced. Minister Cash said the new occupations on the SOL reflect that there is a gap between the skills of Australians and the work that needs to be done. "Cabinet makers and panelbeaters make a valuable contri- bution to the Australian economy. Migrants with these skills will enhance the size and skill of the Australian workforce," Minister Cash said. "Skilled migrants complement locally-trained and skilled workers, help to create new jobs and contribute to the communities in which they live and work. The government's $6 billion annual investment in vocational education and training is also supporting our training system to offer a pipeline of local talent to help address skills shortages," Senator Birmingham said. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Varvaris clarifies his position on FYROM Federal Member for Barton, Nickolas Varvaris has refuted claims that he supports the recognition of FYROM by the name ‘Macedonia’ by the Australian government. Asked by Neos Kosmos, Mr Varvaris issued the following statement: "The naming is not an Australian issue. It is a dispute between two neighbouring Balkan countries that have a lot to gain by coexisting peacefully, and as such it should be dealt by them with an open mind for negotiation, and not fixed and one-sided ideas. The provisional designation of the name ‘Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’ (FYROM) provided by the UN Resolutions (No817 and No845) of 1993 provides a diplomatic platform to negotiate the issue. We need to observe the UN resolutions, otherwise the effect of all such resolutions will be undermined (Iran, Ukraine, Iraq etc). Naturally, no negotiation is successful without mutual compromise and both these countries have to come to an agreement as soon as possible for the good and benefit of their respective people and alleviating their current huge problems." Mr Varvaris in his electoral board room. Multicultural funding shake up Greek Australian ‘wealth coach’ ordered to pay up after advice costs couple almost $100,000 tivities. A Greek Australian ‘wealth coach’ has been ordered to repay almost $100,000 to a couple who lost it by following his financial advice. The County Court ruling is believed to be the first against G.M., who charges clients thousands of dollars while pledging to unlock the secrets to financial success. In 2005 the Australian Consumers Association warned about Mr M.’s ac- His seminars, promising to reveal the secrets to becoming a millionaire through "multiple streams of income", were also the subject of a Consumer Affairs Victoria investigation. The couple sued Mr M. for engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct under the Fair Trading Act and breaching his duty of care to them. Source: Herald Sun In an attempt to highlight its commitment to multicultural affairs, the Labor government has announced it will be realigning the functions of the Multicultural Affairs portfolio. This will see the role of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) elevated and strengthened, with clearer distinctions between its role and that of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC). The plans also foresee the streamlining of grant programs' administration, in addition to strengthening policy and programs. The shift comes as a direct response to concerns of the 2014 Victorian Auditor General report on ‘Services for Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers’, which identified an overlap between the roles and responsibilities of the VMC and OMAC. In a statement released earlier this week, minister for multicultural affairs Robin Scott said that "multicultural community grant programs are critical to strengthen our social cohesion and community resilience; foster inclusion, participation and equality of opportunity, and celebrate Victoria's diversity". "Under this realignment, we will have a clearer, simpler, more transparent grants process to ensure money is prioritised for those communities and projects which are most in need." The Victorian government has also announced that it has secured ongoing funds for a number of multicultural grant programs through the recent 2015-16 state budget, including Capacity Building and Participation, Multicultural Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts, Promoting Harmony and Social Cohesion, and Multicultural Festivals and Events.
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