Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance (ATAA) congratulates the New South Wales Turkish community associations for coming together and hosting a joint Iftar dinner at the NSW Parliament House, Stranger’s Function Room on June 8th.

Both Federal and State MPs, as well as the NSW Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams and NSW Minister for the Veteran Affairs David Elliott attended the Iftar and gave important speeches. Representing the NSW Leader of the Opposition Luke Foley, Paul Lynch, Member for Liverpool; Federal MP for ALP, Member for Fowler, Chris Hayes; Chair of the Friends of Turkey of the Parliament of New South Wales, Trevor Khan and Member for Granville, Julia Finn did join the NSW Turkish community for the occasion.

Turkish Ambassador to Australia Vakur Gokdenizler and Consul General of Turkey in Sydney, Melih Karalar were also present at the event, which was attended by consular officers of various nations.

The Iftar had provided an inclusive and open platform for the New South Wales Turkish community, who is getting ready to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first plane of Turkish migrants to Australian in 1968.

The Governor General of the New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d)  sent a message to the night, congratulating the community. 

Federal MP for Fowler, ALP, Chris Hayes


Chair of Friends of Turkey of the Parliament of NSW, Trevor Khan

Minister for Multiculturalism, NSW, Ray Williams

Minister for Veteran Affairs, NSW, David Elliott