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Minister announces Government commitment to Living in Harmony.

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Media Release

The Hon Philip Ruddock, MP

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs





The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Philip Ruddock, today announced that the Commonwealth Government has added a further $5 million to the Living in Harmony initiative.


“The Government has honoured its promise made prior to the recent election to add $5 million to the Commonwealth’s Living in Harmony initiative, taking the total sum for the campaign to $10 million,” Mr Ruddock said.


Since its launch in August 1998, the three key elements to the Living in Harmony initiative - the community grants program, the partnerships program, and the public information strategy - have provided a focus for activities promoting community harmony and acceptance of diversity.


“I was delighted to announce on 17 March this year the first fifty successful organisations under the community grants program of the Living in Harmony initiative.


“Given the impressive quality of grant applications received, I undertook to revisit other quality applications and announce further grants once the additional $5 million for the campaign was confirmed in the 1999-2000 Budget.


“This substantial infusion of funds now allows further support to go out to local groups under the community grants program to focus their efforts on creating and maintaining community harmony at the grass roots level.


“Another 50 successful grant applicants from that original round will be announced in the near future, also totalling around $2.5 million, bringing the amount for these community-based projects to $5 million:’


This new funding will extend the coverage and reach of the Living in Harmony initiative to applicants of a wider geographical location as well as further grants directed towards the initial target areas.




Mr Ruddock said the additional funding would strengthen the considerable contribution made by national organisations committed, under the partnerships program, to promote community harmony by developing innovative new strategies.


“This will significantly help to reinforce the message that there is no place in Australia for racial intolerance or disharmony.”


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