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The government’s multicultural statement is bereft of new ideas or policies – why?

Andrew Jakubowicz writes in The Conversation (21.3.17) that the federal government’s multicultural statement stays fairly much in the place where rhetoric around the issue has been located for the past generation – social control and integration.

‘The slogan for the federal government’s newly released multicultural statement – United, Strong, Successful – sounds somewhat like a soundbite from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

‘It starts with an untruth – that Australia is the world’s most successful multicultural nation. Canada would win that race on any rational criteria. But the new policy stays fairly much in the place where government rhetoric has been located for the past generation – social control and integration.

‘Conservative multicultural policies in Australia tend to stress social integration into the pre-existing social order, aspirational core values, and signing on to “Team Australia”. More progressive policies tend to stress social, economic and political participation, social justice, and access to education.’

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