Labor announces $4.7 Million in new funding to deliver Vietnamese Museum of Australia


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ANDREW GILES MP, SHADOW MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS MEMBER FOR SCULLIN

DANIEL MULINO MP MEMBER FOR FRASER

Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Andrew Giles, and Member for Fraser, Daniel Mulino, on the 7th of May announced that an Albanese Labor Government will invest an additional $4,700,000 to deliver the Vietnamese Museum of Australia (VMA).

The VMA will become Australia’s first museum dedicated to preserving and telling the incredible story of the Vietnamese refugee settlement in Australia.

The Vietnamese community has made an extraordinary contribution to Australia. The new VMA will be our nation’s only institution focused on preserving and celebrating Vietnamese heritage and culture, including the stories of at least 110,000 Vietnamese refugees welcomed by Australia between 1975 and 1995.

The VMA will be located in Footscray, a major cultural precinct and commercial hub in Melbourne’s inner west which has been synonymous with the Vietnamese community for decades. The construction and operation of the museum will provide significant and lasting economic and cultural benefits to Footscray and Melbourne’s west.

This museum will be a national institution that will act as a focal point for Vietnamese communities around Australia, creating immense cultural benefits for a range of Vietnamese communities dispersed across Australia.

Quotes attributable to Dr Daniel Mulino MP, Federal Member for Fraser:

“Labor’s major investment in the VMA will ensure that Vietnamese Australians have a dedicated space to collect, preserve, and share their culture and history, and showcase their profound and enduring contributions to Australia.

“Labor’s support for the VMA will ensure that the stories of Vietnamese refugees who escaped war and oppression are never forgotten.”

Quotes attributable to Andrew Giles, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs:

“Labor is always listening to and representing the concerns of multicultural Australia.

“This investment in the VMA project will celebrate and share the traditions of Australia’s Vietnamese community.”