SBS Election Exchange in Sydney saw several election candidates from different political parties. SBS Hindi has conducted an interview with the candidates in the third episode of its five-part 'Humara Neta Kaisa ho' series, which discusses the immigration challenges faced by the Indian community in Australia.
Simon Kennedy, a Liberal candidate for the seat of Bennelong in Sydney, is married to a woman of Indian descent.
He says he understands struggling Indian communities after the border was closed during the pandemic and families were split up.
"The specific issue of families visa is something for the Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to look at, but the Liberal party is committed to increasing migration," he says.
However, Greens candidate Tony Adams says long processing times for visas from the Indian community hint at a racial bias.
"I see no other reason than the colour of the skin to hold the visas back. Greens would ensure that is not the case," he says.
Kyinzom Dhongdue is the candidate for the newly formed party, DPDA. She is originally from Tibet.
She says, "I came to this country with a suitcase and a thousand dollars. I know that migrant journey, and I am ready to support that for all new migrants."
Andrew Charlton, the Labor candidate from Parramatta in Sydney, understands that his constituency is a major base for the Indian community.
"The hard border closures affected many Indian families in Australia. Labor is committed to a fast-track immigration process to unite families if we come to power," he promises.
Listen to the podcast in Hindi by clicking on the audio icon inside the picture at the top.