Leaders of Labor have raised serious concerns about the future of multicultural harmony in NSW following reports of the restructure of the Community Relation Commission .
In response to it, Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Communities stated, “ “Multicultural NSW will maintain its statutory independence as set out in the Principles of Multiculturalism and Community Relations Commission Act, contrary to unfounded claims made last week”.
“We have announced a new $1.6 million Multicultural NSW Grants Program which seeks to build community harmony and social cohesion. This represents a $400,000 increase in funding since the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government came to office in 2011,” said Dominello.
“The grants program builds on the vision set out in the three-year strategic plan, Harmony in Action, launched in August, which focuses on promoting the significant social and economic benefits of our cultural diversity.
“We have also announced a new Advisory Board, including representatives from across Aboriginal, Anglo-Celtic, Egyptian, Indian, Korean, Jewish and many other heritages, which truly reflects the changing face of multicultural NSW,” said Dominello.
“The legislation, to be introduced later this year, is a core component of the reforms we are undertaking to ensure NSW leads the way in multicultural practice into the future”.
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