‘Liberals won’t stand for Foley’s ‘White Flight’ comments’

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Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Scott Farlow hosted a roundtable in Strathfield today with multicultural community leaders to stamp out racism.

Williams said Luke Foley’s ‘White Flight’ comments were deeply divisive, dangerous and nasty.

“The language he has used is desperate and inflammatory. It goes to the heart of the type of person he really is,”  Williams said.

“In NSW there are more than 307 ancestries, speaking 215 languages and practice 146 religions. The Liberal & National Government is committed to supporting multicultural communities and maintaining social harmony.”

More than 40 community leaders attended the meeting and appreciated the NSW Government’s support for diverse communities.

Farlow said the Liberal & National party will not tolerate racism.

“It’s time for Labor MPs, like the Member for Strathfield, to stand up for their communities and condemn Luke Foley,” said Farlow.

“Our greatest asset as a state and as a nation is our people. Strathfield is home to a number of community groups who live harmoniously together including Chinese, Korean, Indian and Italians.”

The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to maintaining and enhancing our culturally cohesive society. This has been done by:

· Building the schools, hospitals, roads and rail lines through our record $80 billion infrastructure program;

· Hiring more than 10,000 additional frontline nurses, teachers and police;

· Committing $10.9 million to Community Language Schools;

· Investing $23 million towards multicultural programs including our Community in Partnership interpretation services and local community grants;

· Introducing the Premier’s Harmony Dinner, of which 1,400 people attend;

· Supporting major festivals, including Parramasala, Chinese New Year, Diwali and we will soon host the Premier’s Iftar Dinner.

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