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Scanlon report shows strong support for multiculturalism



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SENATOR THE HON KRISTINA KENEALLY DEPUTY LABOR LEADER IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP

SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

ANDREW GILES MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIES AND URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP MEMBER FOR SCULLIN

SCANLON REPORT SHOWS STRONG SUPPORT FOR MULTICULTURALISM

The latest Mapping Social Cohesion report by the Scanlon Foundation shows continued strong support for multiculturalism in Australia.

85 percent of Australians agree that “multiculturalism is good for Australia” and 53 percent say that that number of migrants accepted into Australia is “about right” or “too low”.

But there are warnings in the report that greater political leadership is needed to avoid future divisions in Australian society.

Politicians need to show leadership not just by speaking of the broad economic benefits of immigration but by valuing our diversity and directly addressing the concerns about immigration held by sections of the community.

Of significant concern is a negative sentiment towards Muslims compared to other faith groups. 40 percent of respondents said they have negative or very negative view of Muslims.

This is something that needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

We have seen a recent spike in attacks on Australian Muslims, including the alleged assault of a heavily pregnant Muslim woman in Parramatta by a stranger.

The report suggests ways of enhancing social cohesion. This is an issue worthy of further examination and discussion, especially given it has been more than a decade since the last substantive review of multicultural policy.

Labor understands that modern Australia and multicultural Australia are the same thing.

We need leadership from the Government that brings Australians together, not divides us.

TUESDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 2019

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