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Minister challenges Darwin students on citizenship and multicultural affairs.

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Gary Hardgrave MP Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

Media Release H100/2003 - 1 August 2003

Minister Challenges Darwin Students on Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

The Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Gary Hardgrave, today encouraged Darwin students to fully explore the complexities surrounding citizenship and multicultural affairs.

'As the decision-makers of the future, it is important that students are aware of the enormous benefits of our cultural diversity, have the opportunity to discuss these issues, and are encouraged to contribute to ensuring Australia continues to be one of the world's most successful multicultural societies,' Mr Hardgrave said.

Mr Hardgrave was at Darwin High School to present the Citizen 2030 educational program.

Federal Member for Solomon, David Tollner, said he was sure there was lively debate coming from the students in his electorate.

'Territory students have real passion for our country and the democratic process and the future of this country is in safe hands. I congratulate the students on their contribution,' Mr Tollner said.

Mr Hardgrave challenged the students over a range of issues dealing with the importance of citizenship.

'There is not a region in Australia which has not been shaped in some way by our migrant history,' Mr Hardgrave said.

Citizen 2030 is a multimedia educational program, which is designed to encourage students to consider the ongoing impact and importance of citizenship.

'This program examines and acknowledges the significant contributions that migrants have made to Australian society,' Mr Hardgrave said.

Mr Hardgrave is also calling on all Australians to design and send him a postcard outlining the importance of their local migrant heritage and citizenship as part of the All of Us: a roadmap to Cultural Diversity in Australia competition.

Winning entries will be included in a commemorative book. For more information on this competition and to access entry forms, visit

Media contact: Amanda Lynch 0419 123 862