MEDIA RELEASE: Poliversity announces Co-Patrons

MEDIA RELEASE: Poliversity announces Co-Patrons

Poliversity’s commitment to promote cultural diversity leadership and engagement between the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and multicultural communities has been strengthened by the announcement of the organisation’s two Co-Patrons Maria Vamvakinou MP and Matt Thistlethwaite MP.

The Co-Founder of Poliversity Jieh-Yung Lo said an effective way to promote the recognition of cultural diversity representation within the ALP is to work with champions and advocates serving in the ALP parliamentary team.

Maria Vamvakinou MP is the federal Labor member for Calwell and Co-Convenor of the Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism. Maria believes Australians from multicultural backgrounds have a lot to offer to make Australia more prosperous and successful. Maria has been a strong voice for the preservation of multiculturalism and cultural diversity in the Parliament of Australia.

Matt Thistlethwaite MP is the federal Labor member for Kingsford Smith and the current Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration. He has previously served as Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs in the Gillard Government. In a recent opinion article published in the Labor Herald, Matt called on the NSW and Commonwealth governments to do more to fund the teaching of Asian languages and culture to Australian children and students.

Poliversity is looking forward to working with Maria Vamvakinou MP and Matt Thistlethwaite MP to promote cultural diversity leadership within the ALP and develop stronger engagement opportunities between the ALP and Australia’s multicultural communities.

As a partisan independent organisation, Poliversity’s mission is to advocate for cultural diversity leadership and representation within the ALP to achieve a more balanced and equitable representation that reflects the multicultural makeup of Australia.

Quotes attributable to Maria Vamvakinou MP

“I am looking forward to working with Poliversity to encourage greater discussion and dialogue between the ALP and our multicultural communities. I especially look forward to working with our next generation of young Australians from established and emerging multicultural communities.”

“Poliversity provides a platform for Australians from multicultural backgrounds to share their concerns and feedback on important social and economic policies considered by the ALP. The ALP believes in the potential of our multicultural society and is committed to working on issues that are important to migrant and refugee communities.”

Quotes attributable to Matt Thistlethwaite MP

“Australia’s greatest assets are our diversity and multiculturalism. Australians from multicultural backgrounds bring unique skills and experience that has the potential to enhance growth and productivity in a range of sectors and industries including the public service.”

“Governments, industries and businesses across Australia need to introduce policies and practices to recognise the importance of cultural diversity and provide more opportunities for Australians from multicultural backgrounds to serve in leadership positions.”

“I am thrilled to serve as a Co-Patron for Poliversity and am prepared to advocate for greater awareness and focus within the ALP on issues concerning Australia’s multicultural communities.”

Quotes attributable to Jieh-Yung Lo, Co-Founder of Poliversity

“We are thrilled to announce that Maria Vamvakinou and Matt Thistlethwaite will be our organisation’s Co-Patrons. Both Maria and Matt are passionate about cultural diversity and what it can offer the ALP and the Australian community.”

“Poliversity is fortunate to have two passionate and dedicated federal MPs who understand the issues we face and the opportunities presented by embracing multiculturalism and cultural diversity.”

“In today’s multicultural Australia, cultural diversity leadership and representation is an important topic to discuss. Poliversity is looking forward to driving this important debate within the ALP and the Australian multicultural community.”

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