Rolling out the multicultural mat in QLD communities
MEMBER for Keppel Brittany Lauga has welcomed a new Bill introduced into Queensland Parliament that will lead to greater support for Queensland's multicultural and multi-faith communities.
The Multicultural Recognition Bill will introduce a Multicultural Queensland Charter and establish a Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council, and commits all future Governments to formally recognise its multicultural society through a multicultural policy and action plan.
This new Bill brings Queensland into line with New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, which all have similar legislation.
The Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council will advise and make recommendations about Government policies on multiculturalism and the economic participation of migrants and refugees.
The Council will also consult with multicultural communities across the state, including in regional, rural and remote Queensland.
Mrs Lauga said the Bill was great news for the local CQ multicultural community.
Today Rockhampton's Muslim community will hold a mosque open day and there is also a walk to promote cultural diversity in the region.
"Keppel has become increasingly multicultural, and it has been a delight to celebrate our diverse cultures through celebrations, festivals and other events," Ms Lauga said.
"But this Bill will enshrine in legislation our Government's commitment to multiculturalism and symbolically recognise the contribution of Keppel's multicultural and multi-faith groups to our public life.
"Multiculturalism benefits our economy, productivity, workforce and regional development."
Mrs Lauga said they were also pleased to hear that the Advisory Council's terms of reference will focus on the economic participation of migrants and refugees given the Premier's recent announcement that Queensland stands ready and able to resettle 3500 refugees fleeing conflict in Syria.
Statistical data regarding culturally and linguistically diverse people will be collected across relevant Government agencies as part of the Bill, to improve the evidence on which targeted programs are based.
An interim Multicultural Reference Group has had input to the development of the Bill and Charter, and nominations will be called for a permanent Advisory Council.
For information visit communities.qld.gov.au.
MOSQUE OPEN DAY:
- When: Today from 10am to 1.30pm.
- Where: Rockhampton Mosque, 132 Kent St.
- Activities: Multicultural food festival, Q&A session, henna painting and more.