Tuesday, 14 August 2018
That the Senate:
(a) notes that 11 August marked the 45th anniversary of the late former Minister for Immigration Mr Al Grassby's launch of multiculturalism at a Melbourne symposium;
(b) further notes the flaws and failures of multiculturalism policy; and
(c) calls upon the Australian Government to desist from promoting multiculturalism and, instead, promote policies that unite Australians and uphold Australian values.
Australia's model of integrated multiculturalism is entirely consistent with Australia's values. It reflects the reality of the make-up of Australian society and who we are: a nation that has grown and evolved over time. This great achievement is different from multiculturalism in other nations.
We want newly arrived migrants to succeed and make the most of the opportunities that this great nation offers, just as previous generations have done. We also want to maintain social cohesion. With rights come responsibilities. Our integrated multicultural model means that a person who comes here shares our values and engages in our community. They must obey the law, participate and uphold our democratic principles.