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MULTICULTURALISM—HARMONY DAY—UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins), at the request of the Minister for Multicultural Affairs (Senator Lundy) and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved government business notice of motion no. 1—That the Senate notes that:

 (a) Harmony Day is celebrated throughout Australia on 21 March and is a significant day for Australians to celebrate the rich and vibrant cultural diversity of Australia;

 (b) this day is also the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination;

 (c) Harmony Day is about community participation, inclusiveness and respect - it is a day to reflect on our success as a multicultural nation, our strong social cohesion and the benefits of cultural diversity;

 (d) the central message for Harmony Day is that everyone belongs, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians;

 (e) in 2013, the theme for Harmony Day is `Many Stories - One Australia';

 (f) since Harmony Day began in 1999, 50 000 events have been celebrated across Australia and in 2013 over 2 000 events have been registered; and

 (g) orange is the colour of Harmony Day and everyone is encouraged to wear something orange to show their support for multiculturalism and an inclusive Australia.

Question put and passed.