Symposium to Assess Multicultural Policies

Symposium to Assess Multicultural Policies

27 Jun 2008

The policies and practices of Victorian multiculturalism will be examined by many of its principal practitioners and stakeholders during a special symposium in Melbourne next week.

The symposium – Showcase Victoria: Multicultural Policy in Action – will be held in Melbourne on Wednesday, July 2, as part of the seventh Globalisation for the Common Good international symposium to be hosted June 30-July 3 by La Trobe University's Centre for Dialogue and other sponsors.

Guest speakers will look at multicultural policies and practices in Victoria from a range of perspectives including those of local and State governments, the media, the State public service, education bodies, the police force, and ethnic community groups.

Guest speakers will include Bruce Meagher, Director of Strategy and Communications, SBS; B.Hass Dellal, Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation; Ashley Dickinson, Commander Operations Coordinator, Victoria Police; Michael Ulbrick, Chief Executive Officer, Darebin City Council; and Jonathon Black, Program Chair, Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia.

The symposium will assess the activities of Victorian and ethnic community groups in attempting to mitigate multicultural tensions and promote community cohesion. It will also highlight policy successes.

This session is an integral component of the wider aims of the international conference which will address the issues of multiculturalism on a global scale. (Melbourne was selected to host the conference because it is regarded as the "Interfaith Centre of Australia", and this session is considered important because of Melbourne's rich cultural diversity.)

Experts and practitioners at this conference will attempt to answer the question: Will cultural and religious traditions play a positive role in the globalising world, or intensify the very clash of civilisations we seek to avoid?

Venue: Trinity College, University of Melbourne, Royal Parade, Melbourne.
Date/Time: 10.45 am - 12.45 pm Wednesday July 2.
Media inquiries: James Oaten, Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University, Bundoora
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