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Multiculturalism must be defended - Greens National Council

Media Release
Adam Bandt 5 Mar 2011

The Federal Member for Melbourne Greens MP Adam Bandt joined Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens Deputy Leader Senator Christine Milne and Senator Rachel Siewert today to announce a Greens National Council resolution backing multiculturalism.

The Greens National Council a key decision making body of the Australian Greens party is meeting in Melbourne this weekend.

The resolution reaffirms the Australian Greens support for multiculturalism and a non-discriminatory immigration policy and rejects the Coalition's use of multiculturalism as a political football.

"Melbourne is wonderful cosmopolitan place built on the back of a non-discriminatory immigration policy", said Greens MP Adam Bandt speaking outside the Council meeting today.

"The Council has made clear today that the Greens reject the politics of fear being pedalled by the Coalition's far-right."

"We are committed to defending multiculturalism."

 "It is important for us as Australians to celebrate how successful multiculturalism has been for Australia," Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

 "As leaders in our community we have a special responsibility to promote and advance the vibrancy and richness that multiculturalism brings to our communities."

 "Promoting tolerance and compassion over fear and hatred is a responsibility we must all take seriously."  

The resolution states:                                     

This Council acknowledges the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri, and notes the wonderful diversity and cosmopolitan values of the electorate of Melbourne where we meet today.

This Council also notes with concern recent negative statements by the Coalition and other commentators regarding religion and immigration, particularly regarding Muslims who make up an important part of the Melbourne community.

We reaffirm the Australian Greens support for multiculturalism and a non-discriminatory immigration policy.

We commit to defending multiculturalism and reject any attempts to use racism to score political points. 

 

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