‘We need to raise our boys to be gentlemen,’ says Victor Dominello

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It was a great ‘Premier Multicultural Media Awards’ night at Doltone house on Thursday February 13 where different ethnic media groups were awarded for their achievements and  contributions to the Australian society.

The Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards initiated and supported by the New South Wales Government, recognises excellence in journalism across the myriad of media outlets in NSW multicultural community.

Hosted by Victor Dominello, Minister of Citizenship and Communities in the presence of the Barry O’Farrell, Premier of New South Wales, almost 300 people representing the mainstream media, multicultural media, business, government, and communities attended the awards night

Opening the evening, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell underlined the importance of multicultural media for a successful Australian society.

“Multicultural media in NSW is a major economic, social and community resource.  It ensures that people regardless of language and cultural background can participate fully in free debate .While connecting people to their original language, culture and identity, multicultural media contributes to media diversity”.

“This is the second year of the awards and receiving more than 110 entries for 13 categories covering radio, print, TV and online media is really impressive,” said Barry O’Farrell.

Victor Dominello , Minister for  Citizenship and Community while addressing the audience at the awards night revealed that he wept while overseas  when he heard the news about two NSW girls -14 years old allegedly gang-raped and 12 year old whose father allegedly overlooked her illegal marriage. Dominello did not mention any ethnic groups but stressed that such crimes were not new.

Dominello had just returned from his tour to India where he had heard these stories.

“I am wondered as what is happening to our country,” said Dominello.

Despite his long conviction about the greatness of Australia, he thought, “We may not be the best country on earth.”

He despaired as what led boys and men to harm girls and women.

“Some young men don’t grow up to be men; they grow up to be monsters who instead of protecting the women mistreat them”.

“Multiculturalism has a critical role to play in a democracy. It shows who we are as a nation now and in future. We live in a multicultural society and we need to raise boys to be gentlemen, who will protect the women, not raise hand against them or molest them,” stressed Dominello.

Vic Alhadeff, chair of CRC and Hakan Harman, NSW Community Relations Commission’s CEO also expressed their views about the multicultural society of Australia.

They also appreciated ethnic media groups for their valuable and vital contributions towards the Australia society.

Winners of the ‘Premier Multicultural  \Media Awards’

At the Media awards night SBS dominated the show by fetching four awards. SBS was awarded for the ‘Best Investigative Story of the Year’, ‘Best Feature of the Year’, ‘Best Radio Report of the Year’ and the previous head of SBS Radio, Quang Luu AO, was honoured with a lifetime achievement award.

Indian- Link  was awarded for the‘Best Print Report of the Year’, ‘Best Use of Online and Digital Media’ and ‘Young Journalist of the year’.

‘Best Article on Multiculturalism of the Year’ award was shared by ‘Beyond the Bridge’ Inc and ‘Neos Kosmos’.

‘Neos Kosmos’ was also awarded as the ‘Best Print Publication of the year-Periodicals’

‘Australian Jewish News’ won the award for the ‘Best Editorial/ Commentary of the Year’, ‘Coalition of Mischief’ was awarded  as the ‘Best Print Publication of the Year- One Off Publication’ whereas ‘South West Multicultural and Community Centre’  won  the ‘Best Community TV or Community Radio Report of the Year’ award.

‘Radio Aglia’ was awarded as the ‘Best Online Publication of the Year’.


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