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Philip Ruddock MP

   Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs    Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation

Young Australians Canada Bound MPS 017/2000

The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Philip Ruddock, today announced the names of the three young Australians who will represent Australia in the Canadian Government's Racism. Stop It! Action 2000 youth initiative.

"The successful nominees are Khoa Do of Yagoona in Sydney's south, Mia Handshin of Payneham in South Australia and Michael Quall of Page in Canberra," Mr Ruddock said.

"I am delighted Australia will be so well represented. These young Australians have all demonstrated a strong commitment to building community harmony through involvement in their local Living in Harmony projects," he said.

"They will showcase, in an international arena, Australia's commitment to working towards a more harmonious and accepting society," he added.

Living in Harmony is a Commonwealth Government initiative to promote community harmony and reduce racial intolerance.

Mr Ruddock said the Canadian initiative was motivated by the desire of young Canadians to reach out to youth in other countries and to build a world based on respect, equality and diversity.

It includes a youth conference, the International Stop Racism Concert and a schedule of community visits.

During the event, Australia's representatives will describe their efforts in reducing racism as well as the achievements of their community's Living in Harmony project in combating racial intolerance.

The three, who will join youth representatives from the USA, UK, Europe and South America in Canada, leave Sydney on February 23 and are due to return in early March.

16 February 2000

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