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Sydney: An Indian-origin businessman will organise a food festival in Melbourne’s suburb of Wyndham Vale on November 28 and 29, which will see Indian delicacies being served from 20 trucks at the local President’s Park, a media report said.

Tejas Patel, organiser of the Wyndham Food Truck Festival, said he wanted to hold the festival because there hadn’t been anything like it in Wyndham before, the Melbourne Leader reported on Saturday.

“Everyone loves the food. There’s a real trend with people wanting to eat Indian food from food trucks instead of going to restaurants,” Patel was quoted as saying.

He said he was expecting about 8,000 people to attend the festival each day.

Besides food, there will be entertainment, including bands and DJs, magicians, Brazilian dances and children’s rides.

(IANS)

 

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Australia’s Maribyrnong Detention Center Gets Closed

The ruling Liberal-led coalition has faced fierce public opposition to its harsh immigration policies, including the use of unpopular offshore detention camps.

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The Melbourne, Australia, skyline is seen June 2, 2010. VOA

Australia announced the closure of Melbourne’s controversial Maribyrnong detention center Wednesday, one of several facilities used to lock up immigrants who arrived without papers.

The government said the decision to close the much-criticized facility was “another milestone in the ramping-down of Australia’s onshore immigration detention network.”

Maribyrnong opened in the middle of the last century, but has recently been the site of hunger strikes and other protests over harsh treatment.

In 2017, the Australian Human Rights Commission — a government body — reported guards at the facility used “more restrictive measures than necessary,” including the excessive use of restraints during escort.

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FILE – Protestors against asylum seekers being deported, gather for a rally in Sydney, Australia, Feb. 4, 2016. VOA

The few remaining inmates have now been transferred to other facilities.

Immigration Minister David Coleman said successful policies had reduced the number of people held at Australia’s immigration detention centers from a peak of 10,000 in 2013 to just over a thousand today.

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Around 19 facilities have been shuttered since September 2013 — as the government looks to elections that will take place by the end of May and intense debate over immigration policies.

The ruling Liberal-led coalition has faced fierce public opposition to its harsh immigration policies, including the use of unpopular offshore detention camps. (VOA)