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The Greens on multiculturalism

By johnboy - 4 October 2012 40

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is letting us know that the Greens care about that multicultural things:

The Greens multicultural initiatives include:

— $127,000 for 10 ACT interpreter scholarships to assist people to become interpreters in languages where there are identified shortages.

— $500,000 for a cultural understanding grants program to encourage understanding and cooperation between people of different religions and cultural backgrounds, and to help address vilification and discrimination on the basis of race and religion.

— $100,000 to establish an ACT level Multicultural Ministerial Advisory Council – a formal representative body to provide input to government policy and to recognise the importance of culturally and linguistically diverse groups in the ACT community.

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The Greens on multiculturalism
AsparagusSyndrome 12:31 am 05 Oct 12

johnboy said :

The unifying aspect in most places in india, china, and huge swathes of asia/pac is english.

doesn’t make it official.

Damn lucky for us born as native speakers though.

I was born dribbling and making gurgling noises. English is my second language.

Matt_Watts 12:28 am 05 Oct 12

johnboy said :

The unifying aspect in most places in india, china, and huge swathes of asia/pac is english.

doesn’t make it official.

Damn lucky for us born as native speakers though.

Yep. And a number of other languages are accommodated within those countries.

Sure, it’s true, English is our de facto national language as opposed to an official one, yet English is supported through government programmes. Matter of regulation.

johnboy 12:19 am 05 Oct 12

The unifying aspect in most places in india, china, and huge swathes of asia/pac is english.

doesn’t make it official.

Damn lucky for us born as native speakers though.

Matt_Watts 12:12 am 05 Oct 12

Not getting into the pros and cons of the Greens’ policy, but seriously – I must make a comment on the claim Australia doesn’t have English as the official language.

That is, if you telephone a translator (which is perfectly fine), it’s a “non-English language” to English, not “any language” to “another language”. Not often you hear of some Farsi feller trying to communicate with a Mandarin-speaking migration agent directly.

Grow up peeps. The Greens’ policies aside, of course English is our bloody official language otherwise we wouldn’t demand it as a requirement in the public service, require it be taught in schools or offer free English lessons to new settlers.

Sure, it’s great many people speak multiple languages yet, in most workplaces, the unifying aspect is that that they all speak English. This is important when it comes to social inclusion and workplace safety, etc.

And, finally, I believe Australians heading overseas should try to learn the local dialect to a greater extent.

banco 8:27 pm 04 Oct 12

CaseyRyback said :

HenryBG said :

The official language in this country is English. If you choose to live in this country, learn English.

Just had to think of those Australians that retire in Thailand / Indonesia / elsewhere in Asia and don’t bother learning the official languages there.

Go to those countries and demand Government funded interpreters. Good luck with that.

LSWCHP 6:17 pm 04 Oct 12

Regarding the $500K, I’m all in favour of increasing understanding and cooperation between people of diverse backgrounds, but I’d really like some clarification on what they have in mind that will “address” vilification and discrimination based on race and religion. I thought we had plenty of legal measures in place to deal with that sort of thing already.

Also, maybe I’m becoming dazed by all the election waffle, but there seems to be something a little Orwellian about the way that is phrased.

m@ 4:46 pm 04 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

What *is* the “importance” of “culturally and linguistically diverse groups”, anyway?

The above posts aside, there’s also their value as decoys to draw out the closet bigots…

Jethro 1:26 pm 04 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

What *is* the “importance” of “culturally and linguistically diverse groups”, anyway? Do they feed the homeless? Do they create jobs? Do they help combat crime? ? ? ?

Yes to the last two questions. Australian companies that have foreign clients often seek bilingual people to work for them. Furthermore, having large expat communities in Australia can only help build economic ties with other countries; Australia’s large Chinese-Australian community is certainly an economic benefit to us. As far as crime fighting goes, organisations like the AFP, ASIO and ASIS need and value people who can speak other languages.

I would also add that having a culturally diverse country enriches us in other ways too. Things like the multicultural festival add to the vibrancy of this city.

You sound like a stupid old person who listens to too much Allan Jones.

pink little birdie 12:35 pm 04 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

bigfeet said :

HenryBG said :

The official language in this country is English. .

Actually Australia has no ‘official language’.

Weirdly, every Australian government official I have ever dealt with has used English.

The person in the desk next to me speaks Romanian, the guy near me speaks some form of Indian, a friend at work speaks Swahili, another Indonseian, another German and another Iranian. all Government officials. I’m sure there are more languages in the department
Our deparment also offers services in languages other than English

CaseyRyback 12:28 pm 04 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

The official language in this country is English. If you choose to live in this country, learn English.

Just had to think of those Australians that retire in Thailand / Indonesia / elsewhere in Asia and don’t bother learning the official languages there.

bigfeet 12:27 pm 04 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

bigfeet said :

Weirdly, every Australian government official I have ever dealt with has used English.

That would be because you chose to converse in English. If you turned up and all you spoke was Tetum then the official would find a translator for you.

NoImRight 12:14 pm 04 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

bigfeet said :

HenryBG said :

The official language in this country is English. .

Actually Australia has no ‘official language’.

Weirdly, every Australian government official I have ever dealt with has used English.

That makes it the official language? Why wouldnt they speak English if thats what you speak?You can do better

HenryBG 11:57 am 04 Oct 12

bigfeet said :

HenryBG said :

The official language in this country is English. .

Actually Australia has no ‘official language’.

Weirdly, every Australian government official I have ever dealt with has used English.

bigfeet 11:50 am 04 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

The official language in this country is English. .

Actually Australia has no ‘official language’.

HenryBG 10:59 am 04 Oct 12

The official language in this country is English. If you choose to live in this country, learn English.

$500,000 to teach muslims to not threaten to behead those that disagree with them sounds good though.

What *is* the “importance” of “culturally and linguistically diverse groups”, anyway? Do they feed the homeless? Do they create jobs? Do they help combat crime? ? ? ?

Meanwhile, the Greens propose even *less* funding for non-government school students, who cost the government on average just 23% of what a government school student costs me, The Ratepayer.
In other words they would like education costs to increase. At my expense, of course.

And there I was thinking the Greens were the Party dedicated to the environment….

As The Ratepayer expected to fund the Greens’ combination of ideological stupidity and gravy train, you can rest assured I will not be voting Green.

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