"Australian multiculturalism: the shape of freedom"
Australian multiculturalism in its forty year life has developed a unique shape and flavour: reaffirmed by state and national governments as a core Australian value, it offers newcomers the opportunity to develop refreshed identities in an open society, while it promises long time residents that the pathway forward together will be creative, rewarding, if at times a bit disturbing.
This Conference goes beyond rhetoric to explore how the everyday multiculturalism of Australia works, and how we address, resolve and grow through issues of cultural and social change. In an election year, when emotions become heightened and ideas can become sharp and abrasive, when relations between cultural communities within our national community will once more come under the spotlight, we ask, how is Australian multiculturalism faring, and what challenges and opportunities now lie ahead?
The Conference, now in its 6th year is associated with "Project Gratitude Australia", where Australians both old and new are honoured for their contribution to making everyday multiculturalism work – as a way of life that respects differences, cherishes individuality, and facilitates cooperation.
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- How Multiculturalism is Australian
- How well does Australian multiculturalism compare to similar policies in other countries
- How does Multiculturalism help us engage with key national rituals and symbols such as Australia Day, Anzac Day, and the flag
- How does Multiculturalism engage with the Indigenous history and reality of Australia
- What role does or can Multiculturalism play in dealing with social problems such as poverty, crime, isolation, drug abuse, mental illness, unemployment, and domestic violence
- How does Multiculturalism contribute to economic growth and opportunity
- How does Multiculturalism contribute to causing or solving environmental problems
- How can Multiculturalism help to frame human rights policies affecting all Australians and those seeking asylum
- How does Multiculturalism enhance our desires to reduce discrimination against people with disabilities, racism, and sectarianism
- Where does Multiculturalism sit in Australia's national and regional creativity – from mainstream to counter-cultures, through TV, music, art, cinema, and performance?
- Does Multiculturalism improve or reduce our sense and the reality of security
Who should attend?
This conference is suitable for all managers, directors, professionals, business leaders and multicultural stakeholders, with a particular interest for people involved in multicultural activities:
- Government and corporate sector
- Educational institutions
- Community, cultural and religious organisationsC
- ommunity and residential aged care services
- Mental health services
- Migrant settlement professionals
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