In October 2016, the Government formally reaffirmed its commitment to racial respect. The Prime Minister moved a statement on racial tolerance in the Australian Parliament’s House of Representatives.
The statement read:
‘That this House:
- reaffirms its commitment to the right of all Australians to enjoy equal rights and be treated with equal respect regardless of race, colour, creed or origin
- reaffirms its commitment to maintaining an immigration policy wholly non-discriminatory on grounds of race, colour creed or origin
- reaffirms its commitment to the process of reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in the context of redressing their profound social and economic disadvantage
- reaffirms its commitment to maintain Australia as a culturally diverse, tolerant and open society, united by an overriding commitment to our nation, and its democratic institutions and values and
- denounces racial intolerance in any form as incompatible with the kind of society we are and want to be.’
The statement was supported by the Opposition Leader and carried unanimously.
In March 2017, the government launched Multicultural Australia – united, strong, successful, the Government’s public statement recommitting to multicultural Australia; setting both priorities and strategic directions for the coming years.
Malcolm Turnbull wrote the foreward.
Australia is an immigration nation. Almost half of our current population was either born overseas or has at least one parent born overseas.
And we come from every culture, every race, every faith, every nation.
We are defined not by race, religion or culture, but by shared values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and equality of opportunity-a “fair go”.
The glue that holds us together is mutual respect – a deep recognition that each of us is entitled to the same respect, the same dignity, the same opportunities.
Christian Porter and Zed Seselja added a joint message.
This statement recognises that cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths; one that equips us to build a future where everyone belongs and has the chance to live a great life. It upholds the centrality of our democratic institutions and the rule of law, it highlights the importance of citizenship in our national identity, and it makes clear the responsibility we all have to respect our fellow Australians.
The above information comes from the Department of Home Affairs webpage.
I thought I’d share it before Prime Minister Dutton has it erased.
With the greatest respect, and a sense of sadness, Vale Aretha