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posted by Hsiao-Shan Fu, Oct 24, 2014
Australia's proposed move to ban the wearing of burqas in Parliament House has exposed cultural tensions and social distrust. Hsiao-Shan Fu says Australia needs to support its belief in a multicultural coexistence with a law.
Even if multiculturalism has been a contested term in current practices of social integration, the rapidly increasing number of immigrants into Australia is an undeniable fact due to the current immigration policy, especially through the temporary migration program.
Therefore, instead of generating incompatibility between Australians and immigrants with culturally and linguistically diverse background, the government should take responsibility to enact a Multicultural Act to uphold this multicultural society that a lot of people have strived for the past three decades to win. Although the latest research from the Scanlon Foundation’s Mapping Social Cohesion series states that 84 per cent of Australians support multiculturalism, the same report also shows the rise in the levels of opposition to immigration, and intolerance of diversity. Thus, immigrants, especially newcomers, might be prone to experience discrimination and social exclusion from the majority of Australian mainstream society.
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