The 6th Annual Media Dinner was organised by Sub Continent Friends of Labor was held on Friday 16 September at the Himalaya Restaurant in Granville.

Sub Continent Friends of Labor based in Sydney is a group of like minded people from South Asia and Pacific who are committed to Labor values and actively involved in fight for social justice.

Tony Burke MP. Photo: Ali Photography.

Tony Burke MP. Photo: Ali Photography.

The highly successful event was attended by members of the group, federal and state Labor members of parliament and senators, community leaders as well as a large contingent of ethnic media representatives.

Mr Aijaz Khan was the MC for the night who while welcoming the guests called for a special round of applause for the election of two new councillors of South Asian background, Mr Moninder Singh in Blacktown and Mr Masood Chowdhury in Campbelltown.

The newly elected President of the Sub Continent Friends of Labor Mr Hasan Kureshi briefed the audience regarding the aims and objectives of the group and its achievements.

Sophie Cotsis, candidate for Canterbury by-election. Photo: Ali Photography.

Sophie Cotsis, candidate for Canterbury by-election. Photo: Ali Photography.

Mr Tony Burke MP and Shadow Minister for the arts, for Environment and water in a powerful address condemned the divisive address of Pauline Hanson that was in denial of the modern Multicultural Australia.

Senator Jenny McAllister strongly empathised with Muslim women who were being attacked as a result of an environment of hatred created by hate speeches by some politicians.

Mr John Robertson, state member for Blacktown highlighted the opposition of Labor to any changes of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act and warned against the state governments move towards privatisation of public hospitals in NSW.

Ms Sophie Cotsis also addressed the audience seeking support for her bid contest the by-election for the State safe Labor seat of Canterbury.

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