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MONDAY 12 DECEMBER 2005

SENATOR ANDREW BARTLETT

DEMOCRAT MEDIA AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRATS DEPUTY LEADER

JINGOISTIC RACIST VIOLENCE? MULTICULTURALISM IS THE

today condemned

cism cloaked as a distorted form of nationalism, and such violence.

or each other,

accepting our differences and dispelling ignorance are essential to ensure that we don’t let mindless

fear of an attack on the violence, but it

,” Senator Bartlett said.

e. This is not what

of our skin. Violence better understanding

the cultures that form our rich and diverse society.”

“Assimilation has been tried and found wanting. When people are being attacked on appearance alone, no amount of adherence to a beer swilling, thong wearing lifestyle will stop the sort of

“Whilst police action to catch perpetrators is important, breaking down barriers by promoting multiculturalism, dispelling unfounded fears and dismissing racism is the only way to defeat this problem,” Senator Bartlett concluded.

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ANSWER Australian Democrats’ Multicultural Affairs spokesperson, Senator Andrew Bartlett the weekend violence in Cronulla as mindless ra called on the Government to do more to promote multiculturalism as a way to end

“Now more than ever we need to promote the value of multiculturalism. Respect f

thuggery win in this current climate,” Senator Bartlett said.

“We are hearing reports of white-supremacists being involved in the fracas, the ‘our’ way of life and an irrational concern of a non-white Australia as motivators in was no more than mindless hatred and fear that fuelled this incident

“That these thugs are hiding behind Australian symbols is offensive in the extrem being Australian is about.”

“We are all Australians, irrespective of our ethnic backgrounds or the colour has no part to play in Australian society and as a nation we need to encourage of the many positive features of

mindless violence we saw over the weekend.”