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Why should we reward queue jumpers?

Crikey readers have their say on refugees in Papua New Guinea and the importance of native languages.

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There’s good arguments against multiculturalism — Morrison’s isn’t one

Scott Morrison committed the Coalition to building an era of “post-multiculturalism” in Australia. But it’s more dog-whistle than serious critique of the failings of migrant integration.

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Constitutional change unlikely, as usual

It’s more than 12 years since the last attempt to amend Australia’s constitution, the ill-fated republic referendum of 1999.

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The Baillieu Dump: multicultural grants went to Labor’s marginals

Multicultural communities in inner-Melbourne Labor electorates were given the biggest building grants in the lead-up to last year’s state election, according to the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s annual report. Zhou Yao reports.

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A return to a more moderate multiculturalism policy

Crikey readers have their say.

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Ignoring what the people think

My own observations and conversations suggest the anti-Muslim sentiment is both strong and growing.

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On multiculturalism

Multiculturalism” — the word has become so overlaid with multiple meaning it now has virtually none at all.

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Malcolm Fraser: multiculturalism hasn’t failed, only the Liberal Party

Multiculturalism is not a failed idea, says former PM Malcolm Fraser. He welcomes Labor’s re-embrace, but in this piece for Crikey he condemns his former Liberal Party for creating a climate of fear on the issue.

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Rundle: the multiculti waters run deep and warm

It is only when people want to build mosques, start community groups, etc, that the question of what a culture is becomes urgent.

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Merkel and multiculturalism … whatever you want it to mean

German chancellor Angela Merkel is pro-immigration and pro-integration, but she heads a centre-right party with its fair share of scaremongers on the issue. So did she actually mean to say that multicultural policies have “utterly failed”? asks Charles Richardson.

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Howard attacks multi-culturalism, apologises for nothing

Former prime minister John Howard has dumped on “multi-cultural” continental Europe, “irrelevant” UN veto nations and the Islamic world while lauding the moral superiority of the English speakers in a speech in Washington. Harley Dennett reports from Washington.

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SBS cuts back on subtitling in ‘drift away from multiculturalism’

At least 10 staff from SBS Television’s subtitling unit will be made redundant because of what the network’s critics have long feared — an apparent reduction in foreign language content, writes Crikey intern Matt de Neef.

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How to stop Australia being racist

From Afghan refugees to Indian students, race issues have hit the headlines questioning Australia’s multiculturalism. But can a new official Cultural Diversity Statement, penned with the help of Don Watson, help address institutional racism?

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Malcolm Fraser: a champion for immigration and a bigger Australia

Malcolm Fraser opened the door to Vietnamese refugees in the late 1970s and championed a larger Australia through immigration. Here, in an extract from the new Fraser biography, he remembers the birth of multiculturalism.

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SBS: We’re not just the naked, subtitled channel

After years of trying to claim that it isn’t just an ethnic channel, SBS are now trying to push their multiculturalism as a reason for why their national funding should continuing. Too little too late? asks David Ingram.

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Rudd and the return of multiculturalism

Rudd’s choice of nominees for his Multicultural Advisory Council reflects a good mix of academia, sport, professional experience and grassroots activism, writes Irfan Yusuf.

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