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    Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Government appoints community liaison officer to local Indian students

    Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Friday, January 29, 2010

    Government appoints community liaison officer to local Indian students

    The Bligh Government has appointed local Indian community leader Umesh Chandra as liaison officer to Queensland’s Indian student population.

    Multicultural Affairs Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said Mr Chandra’s appointment was part of a whole-of-government effort to support the State’s 20,000 Indian students.

    “Umesh Chandra is well-respected in Queensland’s Indian community, and he’ll play a key role in our engagement strategy with the local Indian community,” she said.

    “We want to use his standing to ensure that Queensland’s Indian students know they can count on the support of the Bligh Government.

    “This is about sending out a very clear message that Queensland is a safe and welcoming place for Indian students.

    “They make a tremendous contribution to the State’s cultural and economic life, and I want to assure all Indian students and visitors to Queensland that they’re welcome here.”

    Mr Chandra is President of the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO)(Qld), Publisher of the Brisbane Indian Times and Vice-President of the Federation of Indian Communities in Queensland.

    Ms Palaszczuk said the appointment of a community liaison officer was first raised by local Indian community leaders.

    “The Bligh Government will continue to work closely with Queensland’s Indian community,” she said.

    “Queensland will hold a third roundtable this year to ensure that the Government is doing everything it can to support the State’s Indian student population.

    “Police and education authorities will continue working together to ensure Queensland’s Indian students are getting all the support they need.”

    Minister Palaszczuk’s Office: Martin Philip 3237 1944 or 0488 741 689