Multiculturalism in Australia indeed a fascinating thought. It could easily be mistaken that multiculturalism flourishes harmoniously in the world’s most culturally diverse country. I must say that racism is more than just a black and white issue. The pitfalls of attempting to seek a definitive outline of racism brings this issue into an unnecessary frame that risks oversight or the excesses of pedantic linguistic squabbles. Racism or rather the lack of affirming cultural diversity takes place with many in both the spoken word, subtle actions and even the lack of words, actions and commitments. Twenty first century Australia marks about thirty years since our country officially became multicultural or then it was proclaimed. However even in the post millennial decades, Australians all face great challenges in the continual affirmation of cultural diversity. Rampant attitudes of the white Australia policy along with a socio-cultural hierarchy continues to flourish in what is supposed to be a multicultural country. It strikes a saddening tone that the discrimination of persons with the use of the “I’m Australian” excuse in such context continues to be permissible. This details in fact how “un-Australian” he or she really is. The lack of affirmation of cultural diversity with the onset of racism takes place even within persons of the same cultural group when different levels of reception and attentive attitude is afforded to white people. Racism takes places towards people of different cultural backgrounds as well as persons within own cultural groups for the purposes of appeasing people of other cultural groups. Victims of racism need not be silent, as inaction against racist attitudes and behaviours in the long run gives rise once again to the hierarchy of racial discrimination. The term “all Australians” in the context of racial culture should be abolished, as we ought to strive to truly implement a unified multicultural nation where Australian means “all”. Whether it be taking a stand and marching against racism or being seated at an Australian citizenship ceremony, there is progress to be achieved in the affirmation of cultural diversity, the death of the racial superiority hierarchy and the triumph of multiculturalism over the old ways of the past, Australia not only can and needs to lead the way.
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Local community campaign calling on the government to restore train services and to increase service frequencies.
Full story: www.localnewsplus.com.au/story.php?ID=58043
Restore Inner West Line Founder & Campaigner Hi my name is Roydon Ng (Roy) and as a local resident of the area for over two decades, I share the sentiment with many frustrated commuters at the shortening of the Inner West Line (terminating at Homebush).
The new timetables introduced on October 20, 2013 highly disadvantages communities between Homebush and Liverpool as train services to/from the City via Regents Park have been cut to non-existent levels (3 per weekday). Also the added interchanges at Lidcombe and Birrong stations are also another inconvenience and difficult for many commuters along the Bankstown/Inner West Line.
I am working together with other local residents, our representatives in parliament including Barbara Perry (MP for Auburn) and the community in calling for more train services in the area which can be achieved through the state government agreeing to Restore the Inner West Line between Homebush and Liverpool via Regents Park.
This campaign and community action group is only possible through the support of many residents and fellow commuters and I thank everyone for their contribution and involvement.
If you would like to contact for me about this campaign or to work together, please send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I also post updates and information on Facebook:
Sign the Restore Inner West Line petition online:
Restore Inner West Line: Founded in late September and launched on 19 October 2013 by Roydon Ng
Here is the official transcript of the question that I asked and her response:
QUESTION 11: Hi, my name is Roydon Ng. I'm an ex-student of this school.
PRIME MINISTER: Good.
QUESTION: In fact, my picture is right behind you. It's the one near - yes.
PRIME MINISTER: You haven't aged at all.
QUESTION: I'm from last year's class.
PRIME MINISTER: You know, one day you're going come back to this school and you will have aged from that photo. I can tell you that for sure, because I get to go back to my high school a bit.
QUESTION: Yes. I'm a Christian, and I highly value the Christian community that this school and the Christian faith has provided me. Prime Minister, you profess no religious affiliation, so I would like to ask you what do you base your decisions on and what's the ethical basis in the way you make such decisions?
PRIME MINISTER: Okay. That's a really good question, and I think you and I could have a profound and deep discussion about that. Unfortunately, the format of Community Cabinet isn't going to enable us to spend the many hours these questions deserve.
But just a snapshot about me. I mean, we're a migrant family, we're Welsh migrants. We're Baptist. I grew up in the Baptist religion, and we were regular churchgoers. I was a regular youth group attender, and all the rest of it. I used to very much enjoy my Bible studies, and I used to win prizes for catechism and things like that.
When I look back on it now, I think it was particularly important for my family and my mother because when you migrate, I think, through the church, whatever religion you are, that's one of the ways that people find connections and a sense of belonging and new friends when you've moved country, and I think that was true for us all those years ago, and I am sure it's true for people migrating today. We've actually had some of those conversations in the lead-up to Community Cabinet.
So I think, having spent all of that time in, Christian teaching, I do take those values with me. I think that there are Christian values which are really universal values about how you treat people. They're the values that are replicated across the great religions of our world, about how you treat people and how you aspire to be treated yourself.
So I take those values with me, and they still informed my decision making, even though I'm not an active person of faith. But thank you for your question.
I also got to meet with Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy before the start of the Community Cabinet meeting to talk about media censorship laws and the National Broadband Network's competitiveness and pricing.
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