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Australians encouraged to be tolerant and embrace diversity

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Senator Kate Lundy Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship

Australians encouraged to be tolerant and embrace diversity Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Kate Lundy said today the United Nations International Day for Tolerance is an opportunity for Australians to embrace and celebrate diversity, and challenge intolerance.

‘;Australia has been enriched by the cultures and the traditions of our migrants,' Senator Lundy said.

‘;Since 1945, Australians have welcomed seven million people from more than 200 countries into our community.

‘;Our cultural diversity is one of our nation's great strengths, but we must continue to work together to promote tolerance.'

The International Day for Tolerance was declared following the United Nations Year for Tolerance in 1995 and is marked every year on November 16.

The United Nations defines tolerance as respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression, and ways of being human.

‘;Today I encourage all Australians to embrace our diversity and reflect on how we can all make our multicultural nation an even better place to live,' Senator Lundy said.

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