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Darwin meeting to focus on Australian multiculturalism.

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Gary Hardgrave MP   Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs 

  Media Release H39/2002 - 19 April 2002


Darwin Meeting to Focus on Australian Multiculturalism

Immigration, multicultural and settlement issues will be among a number of topics to be discussed at a meeting in Darwin this week, Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Gary Hardgrave said today.

The annual Meeting of the Ministerial Council and Standing Committee of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (MCIMA) will take place in Darwin on Friday, 19 April.

Commonwealth, State and Territory ministers with a responsibility for immigration and multicultural issues will attend the meeting.

"This meeting gives us the opportunity to have a fruitful discussion on a range of issues relating to community relations and settlement priorities," Mr Hardgrave said.

Post September 11, there were a number of isolated threats and attacks against some Muslim schools and places of worship in Australia,' Mr Hardgrave said.

"More recently, there have also been some attacks on synagogues during the latest Middle East crisis."

"Challenges to the peace and harmony we have in Australia due to overseas events test us from time to time. But we must never take for granted the great success we have achieved in building one of the most harmonious multicultural nations in the world."

The Minister said he would be looking for a cooperative effort between the states and territories in dealing with threats to community harmony in Australia.

19 April 2002

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