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Family the cornerstone of immigration policy



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MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND ETHNIC AFFAIRS AND MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

Senator Nick Bolkus Parliament H ouse Canberra ACT 2600 (0 6 ) 277 7860

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FAMILY THE CORNERSTONE OF IMMIGRATION POLICY

The Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Senator Nick Bolkus, today called on ethnic communities to put their views to Government on the role of the family during International Year of the Family.

"The Government recognises not only the diverse composition of Australian families in the 1990s, but the fact that they come from more than 200 parts of the world," Senator Bolkus said.

"Today, International Day of Families, is a day to pay tribute to their pivotal role in the development of one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world."

"The family is the economic, social and cultural foundation of a new life in Australia," Senator Bolkus said.

"It provides unequalled on-arrival support for new arrivals. And as families pass from generation to generation their own unique cultural heritage, they enrich the lives of all Australians."

Senator Bolkus said family reunion was a cornerstone of the Migration Program of 73,000 places for 1994/95 announced last week.

"Unlike the Federal Opposition, the Government understands that the key to a successful migration program is a balance between social, economic and humanitarian objectives," he said.

"Dr Hewson’s policy of ’dramatic cuts’ to immigration would mean the virtual abolition of the concessional family category and a substantial cut in preferential family reunion.

"In the International Year of the Family, he’d keep families apart."

Senator Bolkus said Senator Rosemary Crowley, Minister for Family Services, would shortly be announcing a series of formal consultations with ethnic communities on the role of the family.

"As well as celebrating the role of families in ethnic communities, we want to focus on the special challenges they face as they adapt to life in a new country."

CANBERRA MAY 15 1994 Contact: Ruth Dewsbury (06) 277 7860