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The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP 




The Prime Minister, John Howard, today launched a report regarding the future direction of multiculturalism in Australia.


The report, Australian multiculturalism for a new century: Towards inclusiveness was developed by the National Multicultural Advisory Council (NMAC).


Speaking at the launch of the report Mr Ruddock said the challenge before us is to ensure that Australia’s cultural diversity will continue to be an inclusive and productive force.


“NMAC’s report identifies major issues relevant for future multicultural policies and programs.


The Council, appointed in 1997 and chaired by Neville Roach, Chairman and Chief Executive of Fujitsu Australia, has been asked to advise the Government on multicultural policy in Australia and to develop ideas that will be relevant for the coming years.


“The report will now be considered by the Government and a response is expected towards the end of 1999,” Mr Ruddock said.


“While the success of our culturally diverse society does Australia credit, policies and programs must continue to evolve to ensure that we address our diversity in the most effective and equitable way possible.


“Aspects of the report such as inclusiveness, citizenship and deriving the diversity dividend are timely, and the Government will examine very closely the reports findings and recommendations.


“The National Multicultural Advisory Council has made an important contribution to the development of future multicultural policy”.


A copy of Australian multiculturalism for a new century: Towards inclusiveness, an executive summary or a summary of recommendations can be obtained from the Council secretariat P0 Box 25, BELCONNEN ACT 2616, or by phoning 02-6264 3014. Alternatively, these documents are available from the Internet address:

Wednesday, 5 May1999


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