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Time to comment on the Draft Multicultural Strategy 2009 – 2012

By johnboy - 27 January 2009 70

John Hargreaves is announcing the start of public consultation on the Draft Multicultural Strategy 2009 – 2012.

Apparently it is the fruit of the Multicultural Summit 2008. At just 23 pages (and one of them a novel “Acknowledgement of country”) it won’t take that long to wade through.

The principles outlined are interesting, particularly the responsibilities they plan to lump on you in the name of human rights, which some could view as restricting your own rights to freedom of thought and expression:

    — All individuals in the ACT have the right to maintain, practise and promote their culture and language.

    — All individuals have the right to cultural expression and understanding (regardless of the adequacy of their English language skills).

    — All individuals have the right to practise their religious and spiritual beliefs.

    — All individuals have the right to equitable access to government services and programs.

    — All individuals have the right to participate in, and to contribute to, the social, cultural and economic life of the community.

    — All individuals have a responsibility to respect the culture, language and religion of others, within the legal and
    constitutional framework set by the laws of the ACT and Australia.

    — All individuals have a responsibility to treat everyone in a fair and respectful manner.

    — All individuals have a responsibility to recognise and accept the linguistic and cultural assets of the ACT.

Feedback on the draft Strategy 2009-2012 should be directed to Rebecca Glasgow at the Office of Multicultural Affairs by 20 March 2009. Rebecca can be contacted on (02) 6205 5302 or rebecca.glasgow@act.gov.au .

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Time to comment on the Draft Multicultural Strategy 2009 – 2012
thetruth 12:55 am 28 Jan 09

Overheard said :

Ian said :

Overheard @ #5 – they were. The racist bogan culture.

True.

It’s why I can’t stand the Australian flag-cape look. It’s not just a Cronulla riots thing; it’s just evocative of those with that mind-set, and any time I see anyone donning the cape, they seem to be that gormless ‘Aussie pride!’ kind of jingoists who are just half a slab of VB (yick) away from mindless violence.

I’d like to think a well-meaning policy could help change that but I’m not overly hopeful.

I have such a negative connotation from this sort of behaviour, I have to say I was even turned off by all the Australian flags festooning the utes and other vehicles on Monday.

Then again, I’ve believed for years we should change the damn thing.

I was thinking the same thing on Australia day – I saw a teenagers draped in the flag and thought this guy is either a pan nationalist bully boy or just proud of their country. Those Cronulla “love it or leave” B#@@%&ds stole from us all.

Overheard 12:44 am 28 Jan 09

Ian said :

Overheard @ #5 – they were. The racist bogan culture.

True.

It’s why I can’t stand the Australian flag-cape look. It’s not just a Cronulla riots thing; it’s just evocative of those with that mind-set, and any time I see anyone donning the cape, they seem to be that gormless ‘Aussie pride!’ kind of jingoists who are just half a slab of VB (yick) away from mindless violence.

I’d like to think a well-meaning policy could help change that but I’m not overly hopeful.

I have such a negative connotation from this sort of behaviour, I have to say I was even turned off by all the Australian flags festooning the utes and other vehicles on Monday.

Then again, I’ve believed for years we should change the damn thing.

thetruth 12:40 am 28 Jan 09

These documents are very shallow – I am sick of feel good that do no good. No one would argue with the intent or spirit of these.

The use of the term “right” invokes some interesting absolutes in my mind for example Clearly not ALL individuals have the right access the ACT womens return to work grants program (in fact the largest gender minority group is specifically excluded).

Similarly – What is “fair”? Its a judgement not and absolute – some people think that it is unfair that someone works hard, misses their family and risks their assets to be taxed and have their toil redistributed. Does that mean that people that recieve this benefit should acknowledge that others miss out in order to ensure that they recieve. Maybe some community service for your public housing.

Overheard 12:38 am 28 Jan 09

caf said :

Thumper: Actually, “practise” is the more usual UK English spelling of the verb, whereas “practice” is the noun. I believe the US use “practice” for both, though.

It’s good practice to practise your spelling.

Correct. Our American friends don’t concern themselves with such spelling as ‘defence’, ‘licence’, or ‘offence’ — as is evidenced by all the red lines under those words just typed, urging me to reconsider the spelling.

Thumper 10:25 pm 27 Jan 09

I stand corrected.

Pandy 10:24 pm 27 Jan 09

So thems rules means Australia Day has to be respected by the Aboriginal nations?

caf 10:07 pm 27 Jan 09

Thumper: Actually, “practise” is the more usual UK English spelling of the verb, whereas “practice” is the noun. I believe the US use “practice” for both, though.

It’s good practice to practise your spelling.

Ian 9:34 pm 27 Jan 09

Overheard @ #5 – they were. The racist bogan culture.

Thumper 8:52 pm 27 Jan 09

– All individuals in the ACT have the right to maintain, practise and promote their culture and language.

JB, I hope you cut and pasted this.

Practise?

I-filed 8:45 pm 27 Jan 09

“Equitable access to government services” could be interpreted to mean that every single publication put out by government would have to be translated into the language of any individual. Just picture the cost.
I prefer the American model – freedom to express your culture – but not at any cost to the taxpayer, or officially sanctioned in any way.

Overheard 6:47 pm 27 Jan 09

seekay said :

“All individuals in the ACT have the right to maintain, practise and promote their culture”

I wonder if the flag-caped morons in Manly yesterday were maintaining, practising and promoting their culture.

dexi 6:23 pm 27 Jan 09

I hope people respect the right to dress like a prostitute, because its hot. I like the electric blue, hip hugging, sequin dresses with the low cut top.

It would be nice if people could just be nice to each other. All we need is….

– All individuals have a responsibility to treat everyone in a fair and respectful manner.

johnboy 6:06 pm 27 Jan 09

shauno said :

How about the right to kick any migrant out of the ACT if they start waffling on about the right to beat up ones own wife or accusing our women of dressing like prostitutes.

Well… it’s not like we ever had that one…

shauno 6:04 pm 27 Jan 09

How about the right to kick any migrant out of the ACT if they start waffling on about the right to beat up ones own wife or accusing our women of dressing like prostitutes.

seekay 5:29 pm 27 Jan 09

“All individuals in the ACT have the right to maintain, practise and promote their culture”

Right…. Does this mean we get female circumcision AND whale hunts?

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