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Is Multiculturalism a serious matter for Australia?

Friday, 26 April 2013 10:20

Australian Multicultural Community Services (AMCS) presents: Multicultural Conference - Strengthening Diversity.

A compelling conference brings together ethno-specific and multicultural organisations, relevant government departments and other stakeholders to explore current challenges and changes in the health care, aged care and community service sectors.

Popular entertainer Magda Szubanski will MC the conference with a line-up of inspiring speakers and panellists from community, government and education sectors, who will share their insights and expertise. These include the Honorable Nicholas Kotsiras, Minister for Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship, The Honorable Kate Lundy, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Senator Richard Di Natale, Greens Spokesperson for Multiculturalism.

Magda Szubasnki said: "I am very excited to participate in this conference. The ability to live beside, understand, appreciate, accept, celebrate and work with people who are different from us is one of the most important challenges facing humanity. I am all for any kind of discussion that promotes understanding and compassion and teaches better, smarter ways for us to share this planet.”

Australian multiculturalism is a complex policy-strategy. The current wave of immigration to Australia and the change in profile of immigrants raises a number of questions that need to be addressed in both the political, service providers and public forums.

Elizabeth Drozd, conference host and CEO of Australian Multicultural Community Services said: “The conference will show how service providers can work in a more collaborative environment and explore government commitments to ethnic communities in Australia. The aim is to develop mechanisms that strengthen our practice.”

Ethnic and Multicultural community organisations are an essential part of the broader service system.

Who Should Attend: Service providers, government department personnel, policy makers, researchers, community organisation leaders, students, academics and other stakeholders.

Proudly supported by Victorian Multicultural Commission and Kalyna Care

When and where:
Thursday May 2, 2103 – 8:30am – 4:00pm
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Corner Bell St and Georges Rd, Preston
More information: Tel. (03) 9689 9170 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Interview contact: If you're interested in speaking to Elizabeth Drozd, AMCS’ CEO, conference speakers including Professor Jan Pakulski or Professor Desmond Cahill or Magda Szubanski, please contact us on 0413 610 346 or via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it