SAMAA Jashne Buzurg 2013

May 7, 2013 by

South Asian Muslim Association of Australia (SAMAA) celebrated its annual event, Jashne Buzurg 2013, on 27 April at Auburn Town Hall. Nearly 300 people, including a number of parliamentarians, representatives from aged care agencies along with a large number of elderly & their families, volunteers and well wishers attended the event. Federal Minister for Ageing Hon. Mark Butler sent a video message while those in attendance included Senior Labor MP Laurie Ferguson, Auburn MP and Shadow  Minister for Ageing, Disability Services and Mental Health Hon. Barbara Perry who also represented leader of opposition John Robertson, first Muslim in NSW parliament MLC Hon Shaoquett Moslemane, CRC Commissioner Sam Almaliki representing CRC Chair Person Dr Stepan Kerkyashrian, Greens member Melikeh Michales, the famous Australian Scientist of  Regenerative Neuroscience from  Brain & Mind Research Institute at University...

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Text of Video Message of Minister for Mental Health an Ageing Hon Mark Butler...

May 7, 2013 by

Good afternoon, and thank you for inviting me to speak to you as you celebrate your annual Jashne Buzurg Festival for the Elderly. I know that in the Islamic culture the care of one’s elderly parents is considered an honour and a blessing. And for the Australian Government, people who have contributed to the building of this country in the past deserve to reap the reward for their efforts in their golden years. That’s why just a year ago the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and I unveiled a new $3.7 billion plan to modernise our aged care system so that it provides the dignity and independence that our elders deserve in later life – regardless of their background. The package – called Living Longer Living Better – is a 10-year blueprint to establish an...

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