Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said other cities and towns across the nation should look no further than Far North Queensland if they wanted to see how well multiculturalism can benefit local communities.
Mr Entsch, who welcomed Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge to Cairns today, said the region had rich and vibrant multicultural history.
He said the region’s multicultural vibrancy was only made possible through integration and mutual respect.
“One of the best things about our region is its multicultural diversity,” Mr Entsch said.
“We have a vast array of multicultural communities living in Cairns and Far North Queensland who all play a vital role in making our region a great place to live, work and play.
“You only have to walk down the streets of Cairns to see the positive multicultural influences on our city – whether that is through world-class restaurants, our thriving arts and cultural scene or just listening to the different languages being spoken on street corners.
“But the best thing about our multicultural diversity is the fact that we all get along and respect each other’s culture and heritage.
“This is no more evident than the annual Chinese New Year celebrations where thousands of locals and overseas visitors come together to celebrate together.”
Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge thanked Mr Entsch for setting up constructive discussions with the Cairns Chamber of Commerce and immigration agents during his visit.
“I am highlighting that multiculturalism has been so successful in Australia because of the positive integration of new migrants into our local communities,” Mr Tudge said.
“Jobs, education, English skills and recognition of Australian values are critical to ensuring ongoing successful integration.
“I welcome being able to discuss our plans to strengthen Australia’s citizenship laws with business and migration leaders here in Cairns.”