Sri Lankan Community | Members Statement

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (12:39): I had the pleasure of participating in the virtual Ceylon tea evening organised by the Consul General of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mr Kapila Fonseka. I would like to thank the co-chairs of the Parliamentary Friends of Sri Lanka for extending this invitation to me. The event highlighted the health benefits of drinking Ceylon tea, its varieties and origin and provided a few tips on how to prepare a cup of tea. I was happy to receive the tea hamper from the Consul General as I am a tea lover. Approximately 49 per cent of Australia’s Sri Lankan-born population call Melbourne home. The Sri Lankan community in Australia is very active and has made significant positive contributions to Victorian and Australian culture. For many years I have been pleased to consider many Sri Lankans in Melbourne my very good friends.