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Racially motivated threats abhorrent

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M e d i a R e l e a s e

The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Telephone: (06) 277 7860 Facsimile: (06) 273 4144

MRS 57/96


The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Philip Ruddock today described as un-Australian, the death threat made against Sydney's Deputy Lord Mayor.

"The Government would in no way condone threats made against Councillor Henry Tsang and will cooperate with investigations into the matter," Mr Ruddock said.

"There is no place in Australia for this sort of behaviour or the sorts of attitudes expressed in the letter to Councillor Tsang."

"However, I cannot accept his implication that the threat has been inspired by the election of the Coalition Government and changes to the immigration programme."

"This is completely inappropriate and could turn a very serious matter into a cheap political exercise." ยท

"The Coalition Government is committed to encouraging racial harmony and tolerance in our society. This year we have committed $5-million to an anti-racism campaign."

"The campaign will increase community awareness of the need to oppose racism. The message that will come out of the campaign will be that racism is abhorrent."

27 August 1996

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