How can we modernise our state’s multicultural legislation to reflect the changing needs of our growing multicultural community?

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tony fitzpatrick

01 Jun 2019

I find it quite amusing that people come here because it is like the one they left! Which country? The number of immigrants are mainly from china, and india how is Australia like them. We need to be different and retain our British and religious values not to blur the gap. Why does a country need to change its cultural profile and mix to comply with other religions and beliefs? Who said we are ignoring other customers and beliefs and ignorance is 'peril'? What is that, is not all the differences we have become actually doing more harm, where is the unity with the language differences, foods. Isn't it just grand that all the different cultural groups reminice of what it is like 'back home'? This is now their home but they want more laws and restrictions so our home becomes more acceptable and compliant with where they are from. Why? How is a British, english speaking adult 'enriched' by eating curry or knowing that tomorrow is the anniversary of the gindi god? Enrich yourselves by knowing about Australia's culture from settlement then look into the Aboriginal culture a bit. We now have tribes wanting to do 'their thing' at formal functions, at public arenas where they are employed but want to express their thing, where is the recognition of the early settlers and their sacrifices, their deaths on the journey here? There is too little, almost disregard for the settlers as people want to remind us of the deaths and the injustices back then of a different era. How often are the people in Europe reminded of the slaughter, the incarcarations, the mass killings of the romans,gauls or the muslims armies? Are Europeans reminded of that in the news like Austrlians and then we are 'reminded' of how important migrants are to society? Why are they? The British, the Germans, the Italians they all contributed , but the first 100 years plus are somehow ignored except for the bad happenings. Rose coloured glasses is what some people wear while other nations advance and do not change for their migrants; the migrants change to the society they are wanting to 'live' in. Do Australians going to India, Nepal, Indonesia, Fiji, South Africa get any special treatment like migrants to Australia get? Good communication is essential I do agree with that; be it in English, be it mandatory for employment and be it for welfare. How can a person get employment and contribute if they do not speak fluent English, how can they expect to positively assimilate if they don't? The money spent by all Government and Statutory bodies on non English paperwork and activites is excessive. Yes some should be but why so much, why is there so much focus on newcomers and not those in this country that have contributed and done the 'right thing' with employment, obeying the law, and so on. So called uniting legislation is not that at all, it is putting the interests of minor groups over the majority. This country is full of migrants going back to the First Fleet, yes they could be seen as invaders but hasn't most countries been founded that way and were Australia not 'invaded' by a British fleet but instead by an Indonesian fleet how would this country be. That unfortunately is human nature and beyond my explanation or knowledge, I just see this country becoming more divided and tribalized by multicultural legislation. Why is it even necessary when new migrants get more rights over our existing legislation, how is that unifying this country; forcing the wants of new migrants on existing society and culture that has developed this country for new entrants to change to suit them? How unifying is that pray tell?

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Multicultural Affairs > tony fitzpatrick

03 Jun 2019

Hi Tony, thank you for taking the time to provide your input. If you have any further detail, especially as they relate to specific proposals, you may like to complete our survey. Please note, however, that the time for survey responses closes today at 5pm. You can find the survey in the ‘Get involved’ section of this YourSAy engagement. Many thanks, Multicultural Affairs.

B Schroeder

01 Jun 2019

Another important consideration to take into account:

Many people from other countries come to Australia and South Australia for a reason, and not just our generous welfare system. They see in us something significantly better than what they have where they are, something worth leaving everything they have known to move half way across the world. The last thing we should be doing is to make this country like the one they left. We should be maximizing those things they found desirable in the first place, those things that make us so good already.

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Multicultural Affairs > B Schroeder

03 Jun 2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide your input. If you have any further detail, especially as they relate to specific proposals, you may like to complete our survey. Please note, however, that the time for survey responses closes today at 5pm. You can find the survey in the ‘Get involved’ section of this YourSAy engagement. Many thanks, Multicultural Affairs.

B Schroeder

01 Jun 2019

We recognize that our state and country are made up of people from many nations, cultures and belief systems. We ignore it to our peril.
It is absolutely essential that our policies and laws and customs be such as unite us as one people, taking the best of all our contributing parts to enrich us all as a whole. And with that, that we avoid at all costs things that divide, things that create ghettos, things that pit us against each other. Fairness must be for all, not just for special interest groups.

We must also acknowledge the foundations of our nation, state and society - the British heritage, the Judeo-Christian underpinnings, the English language. Minimizing any of these will be to our detriment.
In particular, we must not minimize the importance of the English language. Good communication between all people is essential for any functioning community.

tony fitzpatrick

01 Jun 2019

As all levels of government implement multicultural diversity you forget we are an english speaking nation, founded by people from a democratic country upon which our society is based. Earlier indigenous peoples must be included also in this country. The forgotton peoples are Australian citizens of english speaking language. The cost of multicultural inclusion is not being divulged in financial, cultural or community amounts. We are becoming a 'country' of tribes, a country divided by pride in backgrounds. People come to Australia because we ARE a NATION bound by pride, values in democracy, common language for communicating openly, cohesion for a flag and government. We are diversifying for the multicultural ideologies of new immigrants that many are not intergrating and do not even learn our language because they do no not have to yet they put their hands out for welfare and all the benefits us working taxpayers have accrued for citizens. Modernise the legislation by stating minimum requirments on newcomers for language, assimilation, Australian cultural adoption, work, so that assimilation and adoption of Australian values are assured. Australia can only compete on the world stage if we are unified and if we all put in. Some multicultural groups have not assimilated for their whole life and do not speak English yet take welfare and all the community sourced benefits us citizens have worked for. The multicultural community must be held account to pursue Australian membership by complying to our traditions and culture, we do not need to assimilate to them and the legislation needs to imply that and enforce that. We are becoming an version of countries overseas where they speak more than one language, industry codes are adapted to suit the skill levels of those from overseas, products are imported that do not meet our standards, courses are altered to suit overseas students and many other facets are being influenced and not much for our benefit. We are one country and legislation needs to reflect the strength of our society and its founding parties and not be diluted by countries whose values, prosperity, culture, who do not reflect ours. We can adopt some facets but we do not change our legislation to suit the cultural values of others. I look forward to comment and contribution, I may learn something from it but doubt it. I am seeing our country changing and being weakened to suit others who have no loyalty other than the financial gain and shelter sometimes from countries destroyed by facets of those cultures and it is happening here now with tribalism, and language barriers that are not being broken down but made stronger by a supposed view that overseas cultures need to be respected!

Yilma Woldgabreal

07 May 2019

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this important initiative, which is excellent and also brings our State in line with other jurisdictions. Adding principles to the current legislation will definitely provide the Commissioner with better advisory framework to the government, as well as facilitating workable multicultural policies across private, government and non-government organisations. I’m particularly optimistic and excited by the potential benefits of creating true multiculturalism, characterised by core cultural values and an ongoing commitment to eliminate inequity and promote dignity and respect throughout our communities, organisations and institutions.

I hope the revised legislation would also translate into tangible organisational and institutional policies, reflecting the contribution and interests of diverse cultural groups in their missions, operations, and products or services. It should also be the catalyst to eradicate all forms of conscious or unconscious biases through some form affirmative actions, particularly for people of color who are by far the most disadvantaged. So, it is well overdue for a legislation that informs policies of inclusion of people of diverse backgrounds as full participants, especially in decisions that shape our communities, organisations and institutions.

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Multicultural Affairs > Yilma Woldgabreal

10 May 2019

Hi Yilma, thanks for your feedback and sharing your thoughts which will be considered as part of this review. If you haven’t done so already, and have further comments or ideas to share, we encourage you to complete the survey which you can find in the ‘get involved’ section of this YourSAy engagement. Many thanks, Multicultural Affairs.

Supriya Bhagavat

30 Apr 2019

Festival and Food is a great place to blend culturally

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Multicultural Affairs > Supriya Bhagavat

10 May 2019

Thanks Supriya, festivals and food are a great way to share and learn about culture.