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Message from our CEO Peter Last

I am pleased to present ECCQ’s November 2019 newsletter edition. This month I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking with many ECCQ members at our events including the AGM and Multicultural Communities Networking Lunch.

It’s Human Rights Month and in this edition you can read about our visit from the Race Discrimination Commissioner, Chin Tan. ECCQ will also be providing members with information on the new Queensland Human Rights Act; the second stage of the Act will commence 1 January 2020.

World AIDS Day is coming up and ECCQ will be holding a free community forum this Saturday for the occasion.

I have also had meetings with the Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe, Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs and with Mr Warwick Agnew, Director General of the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs. I believe ECCQ is in an excellent position to partner with all levels of government to empower Queensland’s CALD communities to fully participate and contribute to our society. I have also been meeting Queensland’s Primary Health Network CEOs to look at opportunities to collaborate on important CALD health issues.

Over the coming months I will arrange meetings with as many of our members as possible and would invite you to contact me at any time. I believe ECCQ is well placed to identify CALD community priorities and to engage in meaningful discussions on health, employment, housing and other immediate and emerging priorities.

I look forward to working very closely with our members to strengthen ECCQ’s Peak Advocacy Role and to champion the shared challenges and opportunities facing our multicultural communities across the state.

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