Poliversity congratulates the Hon Bill Shorten MP for leading a federal Labor team that represents the multicultural make up of Australia in the 2016 federal election.
Australia has become one of the world’s most successful multicultural nations where Australians come from 200 countries and speak over 260 languages. Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds represent 44 percent of the population with four million Australians speak a language other than English.
From Peter Khalil contesting the federal electorate of Wills to Chris Gambian in Banks and Stefanie Perri in Chisholm, Labor is presenting multicultural Australia with a team of candidates that reflects the growing diversity of our nation.
Poliversity congratulates all the ALP candidates from CALD backgrounds contesting the 2016 federal election. They are listed below:
- The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Federal Member for Sydney
- Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Senator for South Australia
- The Hon Anthony Albanese, Federal Member for Grayndler
- Anne Aly, Candidate for Cowan
- Maria Vamvakinou, Federal Member for Calwell
- Shashi Bhatti, Candidate for Gippsland
- Michael Danby MP, Federal Member for Melbourne Ports
- The Hon Mark Dreyfus MP, Federal Member for Isaacs
- Chris Gambian, Candidate for Banks
- Steve Georganas, Candidate for Hindmarsh
- Emma Husar, Candidate for Lindsay
- The Hon Ed Husic MP, Federal Member for Chifley
- Sophie Ismail, Candidate for Melbourne
- Peter Khalil, Candidate for Wills
- Paul Klisaris, Candidate for Aston
- Tim Kurylowicz, Candidate for Riverina
- Hovig Melkonian, Candidate for Casey
- Stefanie Perri, Candidate for Chisholm
- Michelle Rowland MP, Federal Member for Greenway
- Angelo Tsirekas, Candidate for Reid
- Senator Sam Dastyari, Senator for New South Wales
- Shou Zhou, Senate Candidate for New South Wales
- Jagath Bandara, Senate Candidate for New South Wales
- Paul Han, Senate Candidate for New South Wales
- Senator the Hon Lisa Singh, Senator for Tasmania
- Jennifer “Chien-Hui” Yang, Senate Candidate for Victoria
Poliversity Co-founder Jieh-Yung Lo said, “Since Poliversity’s establishment, we have been advocating for greater multicultural representation within the ALP. We welcome the ALP’s recognition of the leadership skills and experience of candidates from CALD backgrounds in this federal election.”
“By having more Australians from CALD backgrounds in the ALP party room, we ensure the issues, needs and aspirations of multicultural Australians are effectively heard and represented.”
Poliversity wishes these candidates all the best on July 2nd.
Poliversity welcomes the Australian Labor Party (ALP) ongoing commitment to multiculturalism and cohesion on its policy announcement today to provide an extra $28.5M of new funding to invest in English language programs to support new migrants, community hubs and strengthen anti-discrimination programs.
Labor’s funding announcement and positive policy will ensure new migrants receive the support they need to participate socially and economically to Australia’s society, fostering social cohesion and protecting communities against racism and discrimination.
Labor’s proposal Community Cohesion Program – Investing in New Migrants includes the following initiatives:
- $24M over the forward estimates to increase funding to the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) to deliver more courses and greater support for new migrants to learn English and in gain long term employment
- $3M over the forward estimates to increase funding to the National Community Hubs Program to expand community hubs to support new migrant communities
- $1.5M over the forward estimates to increase funding for the ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ campaign
Labor’s announcement today of extra funding is on top of the $28.3M of new funding announced last month to advance multiculturalism in Australia.
“Poliversity congratulates the ALP for showing national leadership to strengthening multiculturalism and social cohesion in Australia”, said Jieh-Yung Lo, Co-founder of Poliversity.
“The Liberals under Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull on the other hand have slashed funding to cohesion initiatives such as the Building Multicultural Communities Program and have yet to release any policies and funding commitments on strengthening multiculturalism and cultural diversity across Australia.
“Labor proudly stood up against attacks to Section 18C and the watering down of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) by the Coalition Government. Labor’s commitment to increase funding to the Racism. It Stops With Me campaign demonstrates Labor’s determination to protect multicultural communities from racism and discrimination.
“Poliversity is looking forward to continue working with the ALP to ensure Australians of multicultural backgrounds, new and emerging communities and new migrants achieve their aspirations and reach their potential”, concluded Mr Lo.
Australians from multicultural backgrounds have the cultural knowledge and language skills to advance Australia’s interests on the global stage. These untapped skills enable Australians from multicultural backgrounds to play an active role to change the way Australia relates and engages with the world. With these opportunities, what different perspectives can multicultural communities bring to Australia’s foreign policy priorities? How can the federal government encourage Australians from multicultural backgrounds to contribute to Australia’s global role?
To discuss these questions, come and join the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development in a Q&A discussion. The event will be hosted by Poliversity and facilitated by Peter Khalil, ALP Candidate for Wills and a former senior international adviser to the Australian Government.
Entry is complimentary. We encourage Australians from multicultural backgrounds and multicultural organisations to attend and participate.
Date: Thursday 16 June 2016,
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Venue: Maurice Blackburn, Level 10, 456 Lonsdale St, Melbourne