The South Asia Media function organised by the dedicated Labor Party members was one of the biggest events of its kind to be held in Sydney. Headed by Harish Velji, Aisha Amjad and the South Asia media groups of the city, the gathering was held at Bellhaven Manor, and was ably assisted by Balaji Venkatarangan, Bhupinder Chhibber, Mohammad Shoaib Haroon, Goba Katuwal, Noman Shamim Thiru Arumugam , Jagath Bandara, Harmohan Walia, Rashed Milon and Colin Henderson.
Politicians from the Labor Party who participated in the event, included, Luke Foley: Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Western Sydney; Hon. Chris Bowen: Shadow Treasurer; Hon. Jason Clare: Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment; Hon. Michelle Rowland: Shadow Minister for Communications; Ms Anne Stanley MP: Member for Werriwa; Dr Mike Freelander MP: Member for Macarthur; Hon. Ryan Park: Shadow Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Illawarra; Hon Peter Primrose: Shadow Minister for Local Government; Hon. Prue Carr: Shadow Minister for Skills, Shadow Assistant Minister for Education; Hon Liesel Tesch: Member for Gosford; Hon. Daniel Mookhey Mlc.; Clr Khal Ashford: Mayor of Canterbury-Bankstown Council, and Charishma Kaliyanda: Liverpool City Council and candidate for Holsworthy.
During the event, Chris Bowen spoke about his recent trip to India and on the Future Asia agenda that is his primary focus leading to the Federal elections. Jason Clare talked about how trade is expected to shape up under the Shorten Government with South Asia. Michelle Rowland discussed the Communications portfolio, comparing the Australian scenario with those of a few South Asian countries.
Speaking of the gathering, Harish Velji, one of the organisers, said: “It was one of the biggest South Asia Media functions to have been ever conducted. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Some of the MPs have even said that it was the best event ever.”