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Government committed to multicultural Australia

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Chris Bowen, MP 

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship  Federal Member for McMahon 

Government committed to multicultural Australia Joint Media Release with Senator Kate Lundy - Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship

Thursday, 16 September 2010

The new Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, and Parliamentary Secretary, Senator Kate Lundy, today affirmed the Australian Government's commitment to a multicultural Australia.

‘The meaning of multicultural Australia far exceeds a portfolio title - it is about how we draw on the benefits of Australia's diversity and how we create an inclusive society,’ Mr Bowen said.

‘A multicultural Australia continues to be in the national interest and is important for our economic and social prospects.’

Senator Lundy said the continuing aim of multicultural policy was to engage all Australians and to foster participation and inclusion.

In December 2008, the government established the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council to provide advice on social cohesion issues and on communicating the benefits of cultural diversity to the Australian community.

During its first term, the council provided advice on a multicultural policy. The chair, Andrew Demetriou, presented a statement, The People of Australia, to the then minister, Senator Chris Evans, in April for the government's consideration. The council's advice will be considered by the government in coming months.

‘The government recently reappointed the council for a second term and I am looking forward to working closely with the members in my new role,’ Senator Lundy said.

A full list of Australian Multicultural Advisory Council members is available. See: Australian Multicultural Advisory Council (AMAC)