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Danby Speaks About School Funding and Community Security at JCCV Plenum

August 8, 2013 – 4:21 pm14 Comments

From the editor:

michael danby2The JCCV has just issued the following press release:

“Michael Danby MP, Member for Melbourne Ports and Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts spoke about Funding for Schools and Security at the August Plenum of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV).  He also outlined his success in garnering Government support for a number of important Jewish community issues, including:

. Bipartisan opposition to the BDS campaign in Australia

. Funding for Jewish school projects notably at Adass, Leibler-Yavneh College and Yeshivah College

. Signing of the London Declaration by Julia Gillard as Prime Minister

  • . Glen Eira College’s successful Hebrew Immersion Program

  • . Raoul Wallenberg becoming Australia’s first honorary citizen, and

    . Funding for security for Jewish schools.

Members of the community at the Plenum also requested support for Australia to sign up to the Taskforce for Holocaust Education, as 31 other countries have, as well as funding for important community organisations such as the United Jewish Education Board (UJEB).

There was extensive discussion of the security needs and priorities of the community and Nina Bassat, President of the JCCV highlighted the critical need for ongoing operational funding for the Community Security Group (CSG).

Danny Lamm, President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) also raised the importance of funding security for non-school communal premises, such as the Canberra Jewish Community Centre and the Beth Weizmann Community Centre.

Mr Danby said that although there were constraints on Government funds, “there will be no Toulouse’s in Australia, not on my watch”.

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