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A rich and diverse society: Greens



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Media Release

Dr Richard Di Natale

Greens Senator for Victoria

22/06/2012

A rich and diverse society: Greens

Greens spokesperson for Multiculturalism, Senator Richard Di Natale, said that the census results tell a story of an increasingly diverse Australia.

“Multiculturalism is one of this country’s enduring successes,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Rather than dividing us, it compels us to be clear about those things that unite us as a community: respect for our democratic institutions, for universal human rights, and for equality of opportunity.”

The census reveals that 24.6 per cent of Australians were born overseas and 43.1 per cent have at least one overseas-born parent.

“The recent census results tell a story of a country that has moved beyond the dark days of White Australia. The Australian story is one of many diverse people and backgrounds coming together to enrich our shared experience.

“My own parents made the long journey from Italy without speaking any English, but they brought with them the hope for a better life in Australia. And like so many other families, they found it.

“Multiculturalism is more than just diverse cuisine. The values and cultures that come together here make Australia a more vibrant and more resilient society.”

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