Nalliah Suriyakumara, better known as Suriyan, is a retired Tax Office employee who spends his time helping people. As current President of the Darebin Ethnic Communities Council (DECC), Suriyan contributes to a range of projects, most prominent of which is the Darebin Asylum Seeker Support Program (DASSP).

A tall man with glasses, often seen wearing a colourful scarf and a quick smile, Suriyan loves to have a chat. As he carries out his work he will typically share a story or two about his experiences as a Tamil in Sri Lanka, as a coloured man in England or Australia, and link it all to political theory and social issues, past or present. While his digressions can sometimes seem long, they always return to the central theme and never fail to be interesting.


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