AUS­TRALIA DAY

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

EACH year on Aus­tralia Day, Aus­tralians come to­gether to cel­e­brate liv­ing and be­ing part of this na­tion, a mul­ti­cul­tural na­tion, a na­tion ex­pand­ing and thriv­ing on ac­cept­ing peo­ple of all dif­fer­ent races, cul­tures and back­grounds.

How­ever, this year I am ask­ing you to look at mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism from a dif­fer­ent an­gle.

While mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism de­scribes the val­ues and be­liefs we hold close, this term can be di­vi­sive in na­ture.

Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism recog­nises the dif­fer­ences in back­ground, skin colour and life­style and asks us to ac­cept them.

In­stead of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, a term which fo­cuses on the dif­fer­ences of our coun­try and our peo­ple, I im­plore you to fo­cus more on a com­mon hu­man­ity. — Fa­ther Chris Ri­ley CEO and founder, Youth Off The Streets

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