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Multicultural body reappointed for second term.

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Laurie Ferguson MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services


Multicultural body reappointed for second term Joint Media Release with Senator Chris Evans - Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and Laurie Ferguson MP - Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services.

22 June 2010

The Australian Government today reappointed the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council for a second term.

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said the role of the council was to provide advice on social cohesion issues and on communicating the benefits of cultural diversity to the Australian community.

‘I am pleased that AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou will continue as chair; his leadership builds on a strong personal commitment to a fair and inclusive Australia,’ Senator Evans said.

‘I am also pleased to announce that South Australian District Court Judge Rauf Soulio will take up the new position of deputy chair.

‘The council's primary task during its first term was to provide advice on a cultural diversity policy.

‘Andrew Demetriou presented the council's cultural diversity statement, The People of Australia, to me in April, for the government's consideration.

‘Its second-term priorities include providing the government with advice on how best to support migrant settlement in rural and regional locations, and areas with employment opportunities.

‘The council will also be involved in the formation of policy initiatives at the neighbourhood level that will better strengthen local communities.’

Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services, Laurie Ferguson, said council members brought a practical understanding of community needs and the capacity to examine any one issue from a range of perspectives.

‘The council will build on the considerable work its members have undertaken in its first term. We look forward to working with them,’ Mr Ferguson said.

The council's second term runs from 1 July 2010 until 30 June 2012. The council will continue to consist of 16 members, drawing on a range of experience and expertise.

Following the retirement of Rhonda Jacobsen and Brian Schwartz AM from the council, two new members - John Rawnsley and Peter Wertheim AM - have been appointed. John Rawnsley is the manager of the Alice Springs Desert Leadership Program with Desert Knowledge Australia and Peter Wertheim AM is the executive director of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.

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