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Mr Deepak Vinayak, four time Australia Day Ambassador (SBS Punjabi)

"Coming to Australia was like a rebirth for me," says Melburnian Deepak Vinayak, who has been appointed Australia Day ambassador for the fourth consecutive time this year.

Manpreet K Singh
Published on
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 11:21
File size
2.4 MB
5 min 15 sec

Mr Vinayak came to Australia 21 years ago, and shares in the interview that initially, he did it tough. He took up a string of part time positions, many of them being odd jobs. It was only after working at 14 different workplaces, that he received a permanent position. During that struggle period, there were times he had to sleep on a platform at a suburban railway station.

 But he has no regrets and firmly believes that Australia has given him a lot - and he's trying hard to give back to the community that has helped him find his feet in an egalitarian, fair and sport-loving nation.

We spoke to Mr Vinayak on the eve of Australia Day, asking him "how has Australia changed you?"... hear his response in this interview