April 12, 2019
For the first time in the history of Australian Federal Election, a youth from Nepali origin has been recommended by the ruling Liberal party of Australia to be a candidate in Federal election. Sydney based Pramej Shrestha, 26, will be running from Division of Barton in NSW for the election which will be taking place in May 18.
A meeting held by the NSW working committee of Liberal party on Thursday recommended his candidacy.
Pramej who is known as Pjay represents the second-generation Nepali community in Australia. He came to Australia 20 years ago at the age of 6 with his parents. Pramej, who is also Mr Nepal Ocenia, is involved in Australian education and business. He is regarded as one of the inspirational second-generation Nepali in Australia.
It is a historical decision to choose Shrestha as candidate from NSW who is active in NSW State Election and had been working as the Youth Coordinator for Liberal since 2015. He is the first person to be ever recommended as a candidate from Nepali origin in the Federal Election. He is possibly the youngest person to be running for Federal election in Australia.
Shrestha speaking to MNTV and Nepalese Voice said that he grew up in Barton, so he is well informed about the Barton area. He expressed his happiness to have received the opportunity to represent the broader community.
Division of Barton in NSW, where he will be running for the election includes suburbs like Rockdale, Hurstville and Kogarah which is highly populated by Nepali community. Including these suburbs, Bexley, Brighton-Le-Sands, Campsie (part), Canterbury (part), Carlton (part), Earlwood, Hurlstone (part), Kingsgrove (part), Kyemagh, Marrickville (part), Tempe and Wolli Creek are the main suburbs in Barton.