Jueves, 23 Marcha, 2017

Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful

Multiculturalism will only work if all Australians sign up, Coalition's first policy statement says Australian national identity redefined with integration at its core
Tobias Pedroso | 21 Marcha, 2017, 01:46

The statement calls Australia "the most successful multicultural society in the world" and an "immigration nation", where nearly half the population was born overseas or has at least one parent who was born overseas.

"Australians rightly expect that everyone who is in our country, whether or not they are Australian citizens, obeys Australian laws, supports our democratic process, and treats all people with respect and dignity", the statement said.

Today the Australian Government reaffirms our commitment to multicultural Australia with the release of the statement Multicultural Australia: United, Strong and Successful.

Freedom of thought, speech and religion are among a list of individual freedoms to be recognised as part of Australia's first multicultural statement to redefine the country's national identity.

All Australians have an obligation to "fulfil our civic duties...engage with and seek to understand each other, and reject any form of racism or violent extremism" regardless of cultural background, birthplace or religion.

"It takes multiculturalism away from identity politics... it makes it a policy for all of us", he told News Corp.

In a national first, terrorism and border protection issues have been recognised as threats to social cohesion that "undermines Australian values".

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: 'We are defined not by race, religion or culture, but by shared values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and equality of opportunity'. We celebrate our success as a multicultural nation and we focus not on our differences but on the shared values and freedoms which unite us.

He added that the statement was "overwhelmingly positive" about Australia's cultural diversity.

'We want to see that continue and this sets out some of the direction of the government sees going forward, ' he said.

The Migration Council Australia said the statement affirmed the economic and social importance migrants play in shaping the nation.

The Australian pointed out that Turnbull's statement removed the emphasis in previous multicultural statements on the accessibility of welfare and services for migrants, instead focusing on programs that helped migrants "become self-reliant and active members of the Australian community".

Julia Gillard's statement on the matter in 2011 had called for inclusion and welfare for new immigrants.