Australia is aiming to be the most successful multicultural society in the world, being much more diverse than the United States, according to the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
In his multi-cultural report to mark Harmony Day in Australia, Turnbull stated that the country is clearly an immigration nation. ‘We are as old as our first Australians. We are here on the land of the Ngunnawal people. They have been here, caring for this land, our First Australians right across Australia, for over 50,000 years, from time out of mind,’ he said.
‘And yet, we are as young as the baby in the arms of her migrant mother who could have come from any nation, any faith, any race. Australians look like every face, every race, every background because we define ourselves and our nation by our commitment to shared political values, democracy, freedom and the rule of law,’ he explained.
‘And our diversity is extraordinary. We are much more diverse in terms of the number of people who are born overseas or are children of parents who are born overseas than any comparable nation,’ he added.
Turnbull pointed out that since 1945 more than 7.5 million people have come from all corners of the world to make their life in Australia and they have added their own identity to the extraordinary project that is modern Australia.
‘We could not imagine the Australia of 2017 and its achievements without the contribution of all those people, everyone a thread in our national tapestry. Each one bringing a rich personal history that we welcome into our country at the same time that they formalise their commitment to our nation, our values and our laws,’ he pointed out.
‘The glue that holds us together is mutual respect. A deep recognition that each of us is entitled to the same respect, the same dignity, the same opportunities. The mutuality of that respect is of critical importance,’ he added.
But he also pointed out that the achievement in creating a harmonious nation is not an accident. ‘It has been carefully crafted and we must not take it for granted. You have to continue nurturing it,’ Turnbull said.
And he re-affirmed that racism and discrimination have no place and integration and contribution are core elements of the country’s success. ‘We are rich in our diversity, but we are bound together in our commitment as Australians, our commitment to those values and, as I said, the glue that binds us together is mutual respect,’ he concluded, adding that the Australian Government is committed to helping new migrants become self-sufficient, fully contributing members of society.