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A new translated booklet called Your rights – tips on using a registered migration agent will prove to be a valuable resource to protect migrant communities from unscrupulous operators.
The booklet includes 17 community languages, as well as English. It is available online at the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (Office of the MARA) website (www.mara.gov.au).
In Australia, it is illegal for anyone to give immigration assistance without being a registered migration agent.
“For your protection, make sure your agent is registered with the Office of the MARA – this authority ensures only fit and proper people are registered migration agents,” a departmental spokesman said.
Acknowledgement: The following article is reproduced in ALMA website with the kind courtesy of "Thorathuru" quarterly magazine published by the Sri Lanka Association of NSW. This article is written by Basil Goonewardena, who had been a close friend of Br. Nufail & Sis. Azaria since their arrival in Australia back in 1989.
AZARIA NUFAIL - A GRACEFUL LADY (1946-2011)
It is with deep sorrow that we record the death of Azaria Nufail in Colombo after a brief illness, a life well spent and well used ending with a happy death. Thus states Leonardo da Vinci "A well-spent life brings happy sleep, a life well used brings happy death ". Azaria's life and death is a classic example of a happy life and a happy death.
My wife and I first met Azaria and her husband Nufail in January 1989 when they were making arrangements to leave our homeland for Australia to join the University of Newcastle. Both ladies arrived in Sydney in mid-February 1989 and while Azaria had accommodation with full board, my wife and another Sri Lankan lady were not so privileged and had only accommodation and had to prepare their own meals.
South Asian Muslim Association of Australia Inc. (SAMAA), a devoted Muslim organisation providing benevolent services to the elderly Muslims in Sydney is organisng an annual dinner event called "Jashne Buzurg" - "Festival for the Elderly" on Saturday 12th March 2011 at the Auburn Town Hall. ALMA members have been invited to take part in this event and support the good work they have been doing for the elderly Muslims in the community. We encourage you to participate and support their good work.
ALMA participated with several other Sri Lankan community organisations in Sydney to support the Sri Lanka Consul General's office to organise the 63rd Sri Lanka Independence day in a grand scale. The celebrations took place at the Roselea Community Centre in Carlingford on Saturday 5 February 2011.
Several ALMA representatives were involved in the event that included Independence Day messages, recognition of high achievers at HSC exams in 2010 and a cultural show.
You will be pleased to know that Br. Nufail Ali (former ALMA president and current Trustee) has returned to Sydney a couple of days ago after dashing to Colombo upon learning the sudden death of his beloved wife Sr. Azaria Nufail on 02 January 2011. In a note of thanks to the Sri Lankan Muslim community here in Sydney, who organised Janaza Ghaib prayers where more than 200 members attended at the Auburn Town Hall on Saturday 08 January 2011, Br. Nufail has sent the following message of appreciation.
ALMA in collaboration with the Auburn Council will participate in the Cleanup Australia Day event for the sixth consecutive year on Sunday 6th March 2011. The premises allocated for ALMA is the Auburn Botanical Garden/Japanese garden and the Ducks river bank area. Everyone is kindly requested to arrive at 9.00 a.m. to pick up bags, gloves etc. that the Auburn Council will provide. All are encouraged to attend.
Unlike last year, the Auburn Council is not organising separate BBQs at cleaning sites. Instead they have one BBQ at the Auburn Park to which we are invited. Therefore ALMA is making preparations to organise our own BBQ at the Auburn Botanical Gardens - public BBQ area. We need to know the number of participants who will be taking part in the Cleanup event to plan the BBQ. Please contact us via email and confirm your participation.
A certicficate will be presented to high school students attending the cleanup event.
A number of Sydney based Sri Lankan associations with the active sponsorship of the Sri Lanka Consulate Office in Sydney have been celebrating the independence day of Sri Lanka annually for several years. ALMA also has actively participated over the years in these celebrations and provided support for the cultural program, reading independence day messages, religious observances etc.
This year, the 63rd independence day celebrations will be held on Saturday 05 February 2011 at the Roselea Community Centre, 645 Pennant Hills Road, Carlingford. All community members are invited to attend. The event starts at 6.00 pm and the guests are requested to be seated by 5.45 pm. The event also encompasses recognition of high achievers at the HSC exams. The cultural show finishes at 10.00 pm.
As you are aware, Floods in Queensland and in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka in the last couple of weeks has brought misery and hardship to hundreds of thousands of people. The death toll is rising and many are missing with grave fears for their lives.