India is now the biggest source of migrants to Australia, and most come to my city, Melbourne.
Australia is really a “nation of migrants” because all citizens apart from the original indigenous inhabitants came here as migrants.
There are around 170,000 Indian born people here – with many more “Indian-Australians” who were born here. This makes up 3% of our population.
Diwali is a huge celebration in Melbourne – pictured is Federation Square
50% are families with children and 46% have Australian citizenship.
25% are professionals.
Melbourne is a popular choice for Indian students and tourists.
The Indian community is a big part of making Melbourne a diverse and multicultural city.
Many business and community functions are held in Melbourne for Diwali – seen here from left are Stephen Manallack. Preeti Daga, Molina Asthana and Anoushka Gungadin. At back are Ian Nathaniel and Michael Moignard