Leader of the Opposition and federal Leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) Bill Shorten MP has renewed and expanded the ALP’s focus on multiculturalism with the announcement of one Shadow Minister and two Assistant Shadow Ministers.
In the new Shadow Ministry, Tony Burke MP was appointed to the position of Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia. The multiculturalism portfolio has also been bolstered with two Assistant Shadow Ministers Senator Jacinta Collins and Julie Owens MP.
“Poliversity congratulates Tony Burke on his new role. As a former Minister in this portfolio in the previous Labor Government and an advocate for the protection of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, Mr Burke will bring tremendous passion and energy to the portfolio”, said Jieh-Yung Lo, Co-founder of Poliversity.
“The appointment of Senator Jacinta Collins and Julie Owens MP ensures two of Australia’s most multicultural states Victoria and New South Wales are represented. We congratulate and wish them well in their new roles.
With one in four of Australians born overseas and nearly 20 per cent of Australians speaking another language other than English at home, it is vital to take a whole of government approach to protecting and investing in multicultural Australia.
“Having a dedicated Shadow Cabinet Minister and two Assistant Shadow Ministers in the ALP Shadow Ministry ensures the issues facing multicultural Australians are effectively responded to.
Poliversity would like to offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to the former Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism Michelle Rowland MP for her leadership, support and endorsement of our vision and mission.
“Ms Rowland officially launched Poliversity on behalf of the ALP back in February 2016. During the launch, she spoke of Poliversity acting as a force of opportunity and equality for multicultural Australians to succeed in the ALP. We are looking forward to working with her and all ALP MPs to enhance multicultural representation and leadership in the ALP.
“Under Ms Rowland’s leadership, the ALP presented positive policies and new funding commitments during the 2016 federal election to advance multiculturalism. We are confident the ALP will continue to make multiculturalism a priority in the new parliament”, concluded Mr Lo.