Diversity and Diplomacy – Q&A with Tanya Plibersek

Diversity and Diplomacy – Q&A with Tanya Plibersek

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

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Australian Politics 101

Australian Politics 101

With the 2016 federal election campaign in full swing, you will be receiving lots of information from candidates and political parties in your letterboxes and social media feeds.

Are you voting for the first time? Do you have questions about how politics in Australia works? Do you want to learn more about our political system and how laws and policies are made? Poliversity is running an Australian politics 101 workshop for people who want to find out more. This event is a great opportunity for you to ask questions you have always wanted to ask on Australian politics.

Discussion topics at Australian Politics 101 include the following:

  • The Australian Parliamentary system and the three levels of government.
  • Are all the political parties the same?
  • Is Australian politics just like ‘House of Cards?’
  • What’s the role of the media in Australian politics?
  • Senate voting – what do the new changes mean?

We will be joined by special guest speaker John Pandazopoulos. John was a former Minister and member of the Steve Bracks Victorian Government. During his time in the Victorian Parliament, John served as Minister for Major Projects, Tourism, Gaming and Racing. He was also the Minister assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs.

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to ask questions and participate in conversations. Register today as tickets are limited.

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*image credit: Wilari Tedjosiswoyo

A dialogue with Senator Jenny McAllister

A dialogue with Senator Jenny McAllister

This dialogue has been postponed until after the election.

Appreciating culturally diverse people in Australian businesses

Poliversity is providing a unique opportunity for Australian leaders from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to participate in the Appreciating culturally diverse people in Australian businesses dialogue with Senator Jenny McAllister.

Held on 10 June 2016, the purpose of the dialogue is to discuss the importance of cultural diversity leadership in the Australian workplace and provide practical solutions on what governments and policy makers can do to improve the situation in Australia to ensure Australians from CALD backgrounds reach their potential in their chosen professions. If selected, participants will get the opportunity to share their views and ideas with a leading member of the Australian Senate. Your innovative ideas will contribute to further research and consultation conducted by Poliversity, which aims to encourage governments and businesses to embrace policies and practices that encourage the recognition of cultural diversity leadership in the workplace.

In addition to Australians from CALD backgrounds, the dialogue is open to Anglo-Australians. It is important to note that seats are limited.

This event is limited to 25 people.

Expression of Interest

Please follow the following link to fill in an expression of interest form.

*An expression of interest does not guarantee participation.

MEDIA RELEASE: Putting Multiculturalism on the policy map

MEDIA RELEASE: Putting Multiculturalism on the policy map

Poliversity congratulates the Australian Labor Party (ALP) on its policy announcement to provide $28.3M in new funding to advance multiculturalism and cultural diversity in Australia.

With a strong focus on social cohesion, economic inclusion and community empowerment, Labor’s policy will reaffirm the Australian Government’s commitment to multiculturalism and cultural diversity. Highlights of Labor’s national multicultural policy include:

  • $9.4M over the forward estimates to establish an Office for Multicultural Affairs in the Department of Social Services to improve coordination, research, policy development, program management, research and evaluation
  • $11.3M over the forward estimates to fund capital works for settlement and community sector organisations
  • $7.5M over the forward estimates to support the development of critical skills of staff working and volunteering in multicultural community organisations across Australia

“Poliversity congratulates the ALP, Bill Shorten and his team for putting multiculturalism on the policy map, said Wesa Chau, Co-founder of Poliversity.

“To ensure multicultural communities, migrants, refugees and humanitarian arrivals reach their potential, we need a dedicated federal office to provide strategic and policy direction across all Commonwealth Government portfolios.

“Australians from multicultural backgrounds contribute to the social and economic diversity of our nation. Labor’s national policy on multiculturalism and its commitment to recognise their economic and social contribution will provide a strong foundation to supporting more cultural diversity leadership across Australia’s public and corporate sectors.

In addition to supporting and empowering multicultural Australians and community organisations, Labor has committed to supporting the settlement of more than 20,000 new humanitarian migrants from Iraq and Syria in the coming financial year.

“By tackling key issues such as language services, employment, workforce diversity, access and equity, Labor’s policies and programs will ensure new migrants and arrivals succeed in their new home.

“Labor’s affiliation and working partnership with Poliversity demonstrates their commitment to enhancing multiculturalism and cultural diversity. Poliversity is looking forward to working with a Shorten Labor Government to advance multicultural Australia”, concluded Ms Chau.

MEDIA RELEASE: Cultural diversity a win for Queensland Labor

MEDIA RELEASE: Cultural diversity a win for Queensland Labor

Poliversity congratulates Queensland Labor for recognising the importance of cultural diversity leadership and representation in the upcoming Brisbane City Council elections.

Under the leadership of Rod Harding, Queensland Labor has presented residents and ratepayers in Brisbane with an opportunity to elect an energetic and diverse team of candidates to the City of Brisbane. Candidates representing Labor include Dr Tom Huang, Stephanie Serhan, Stanley Hsu, Adam Obeid, Amanda Ronan-Hearn and Mucktar Wesseh.

Brisbane is one of Australia’s most successful multicultural and culturally diverse cities. Poliversity believes it is important to have a city council that is representative of the cultural diversity makeup of its residents, ratepayers and communities.

Poliversity’s mission and objective is to advocate for cultural diversity leadership and representation in the ALP and to work with the ALP to establish engagement opportunities with Australians from multicultural backgrounds. Engagement starts by having more Australians from multicultural backgrounds representing the ALP in public office.

Poliversity would like to wish Rod Harding and his team well in the upcoming elections on March 19 and encourage him, his team and Queensland Labor to collaborate with Poliversity to support greater participation from Queenslanders from multicultural backgrounds in the ALP.

Quotes attributable to Wesa Chau, Co-founder of Poliversity

“We are thrilled to see Queensland Labor endorse such a culturally diverse team in the upcoming 2016 City of Brisbane council elections.”

“Cultural diversity leadership and representation is on full display for Queensland Labor. May this set an example for other states and territories to consider embracing, recognising and supporting cultural diversity leadership and representation.”

“Candidates such as Stephanie Serhan, Dr Tom Huang, Stanley Hsu and Mucktar Weeseh serve as an inspiration to other Queenslanders from multicultural backgrounds. To ensure our council chambers and parliaments are representative of multicultural Australia, we need individuals to step up and run for public office.”

Poliversity Official Launch

Poliversity Official Launch

We are excited to announce that we are officially launching Poliversity on Friday 26 February 2016 at 6pm. Details of the launch are:

DATE: Friday 26 February 2016
TIME: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
ADDRESS: Level 10, 456 Lonsdale Street Melbourne

We are extremely proud to officially launch this new initiative and organisation with keynote speaker Michelle Rowland MP, Shadow Minister for Small Business, Multiculturalism and Citizenship and a Q and A discussion panel with Poliversity’s Co-Patrons. We encourage all ALP members and multicultural community representatives to attend this important occasion and join in the discussion at the event.

This event has been made possible with the generous support of Maurice Blackburn. Please register your attendance by Tuesday 23 February via the following link: http://launch.poliversity.org.au

Lunar New Year at Parliament House of Australia, Canberra

Lunar New Year at Parliament House of Australia, Canberra

The Australia China Parliamentary Group led by Andrew Leigh MP & Philip Ruddock MP and Poliversity will be co-hosting the 2016 Parliament of Australia Lunar New Year celebration on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at Parliament House in Canberra.

Since the successful migration of Chinese, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Korean, Singaporean and Cambodian communities to Australia, Lunar New Year has been an important celebration in Australia’s annual multicultural calendar. The celebration of this important cultural festival at the Parliament of Australia demonstrates the Parliament of Australia’s goal to recognise the important contribution of Asian-Australians to Australia’s cultural diversity and multicultural society.

Join multicultural community leaders from across Australia, MPs, Senators and special guests to celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Monkey. Celebrations will begin with presentations and New Year greetings from parliamentary representatives followed by sharing red colour paper-cuts, lantern offerings, Chinese poetry, a traditional lion dance performance and networking opportunities.

Please RSVP as soon as possible as tickets are limited. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Parliament of Australia to welcome the Year of the Monkey!

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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.”

Sophie Ismail with Michelle Rowland on Small Business 小企业聚会

Sophie Ismail with Michelle Rowland on Small Business 小企业聚会

Poliversity warmly invites members of the Chinese community to attend and participate in a dialogue and networking event to meet the federal Shadow Minister for Small Business, Multiculturalism and Citizenship Michelle Rowland and the Australian Labor Party (ALP) candidate for the seat of Melbourne Sophie Ismail.

Hosted jointly by Poliversity and Sophie Ismail on Friday 27 November 2015, this event provides an opportunity for the Chinese business, community and media representatives to meet Shadow Minister Rowland (who is coming from Sydney) and discuss important policy issues such as:

  • Turnbull Government’s proposal to increase the GST
  • Labor’s plan to support small businesses
  • Labor’s plan to encourage the promotion of multiculturalism in Australia

Details of the event:

DATE: 27 November 2015

TIME: 2:30pm

VENUE: Chinese Masonic Society Melbourne

If you would like to RSVP for the event, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0408 238 208 or at info@poliversity.org.au. We strongly recommend for you to send in your RSVP by 5pm on Wednesday 25 November because seats are limited.

As a leading representative of the Chinese business, community and media sectors, this is a good opportunity for you to share your thoughts and ideas with Shadow Minister Rowland and Ms Sophie Ismail. We are looking forward to hosting and welcoming you at this important networking event.

 

邀请各位华人社区領导參加Poliversity举办的小企业聚会。

小企业及多元文化影子部长Michelle Rowland还有墨尔本工党候选人Sophie Ismail会讲解对小企业有影响的政策,例如:

  • 提高GST税率议题
  • 支持小企业的政策
  • 加强融合不同种族的多元文化政策

到时有中文翻译到场。

聚会于11月27号星期五洪门民治党会址下午两点半举行。座位有限,有兴趣者请电邮info@poliversity.org.au或致电0408238208。

Statement: Independent investigation to end branch stacking in Victorian ALP

Statement: Independent investigation to end branch stacking in Victorian ALP

Poliversity urges the Victorian Labor Party to put an end to corrosive branch stacking once and for all by appointing an investigator independent of the party to examine concerning allegations raised at last week’s Administrative Committee meeting.

Last month, Fairfax Media revealed that gift cards had been used to pay for the memberships of union officials from the plumbers union and individual members. Unfortunately, these activities centred on factional operatives within the Australian Labor Party (ALP) taking advantage of individuals and communities from multicultural backgrounds.

“Poliversity wants genuine engagement between the ALP and multicultural communities. We are concerned that branch stacking activities only entrench the exploitation of members from multicultural backgrounds and undermines trust, said Jieh-Yung Lo, Co-Founder of Poliversity.

“To ensure members from multicultural backgrounds are no longer exploited, Poliversity strongly recommends an independent investigation to probe recent branch stacking allegations in the Victorian Labor Party.

“Members from multicultural backgrounds are not mere ballot numbers to be exploited for the personal political gain of a few. They are fellow Australian citizens who have an interest and stake in good public policy and like to express their own views on various issues. The ALP needs to provide more opportunities for these members to contribute to policy development in the party.

Poliversity welcomes the comments made by Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten and his call for action to eliminate branch stacking in Victoria. Poliversity strongly agrees with Bill Shorten that branch stacking has no place in the ALP.

“For the ALP to become a modern and inclusive political movement, it needs to build trust and confidence with Australia’s growing multicultural communities. Practices such as branch stacking need to be stamped out and the best way to achieve that is through introducing an investigation process that is independent and transparent”, concluded Mr Lo.