Media Release by Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

Celebrating Strength in Diversity

Joint Media Release with:

  • Senator The Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services

    • The Hon. Scott Morrison MP
    • Minister for Social Services

Australians of all backgrounds are encouraged to celebrate our cultural diversity today, with Harmony Day (21 March) marking 15 years of sharing the message that everyone belongs.

Minister for Social Services Scott Morrison said today is a day of respect for everyone who calls Australia home.

“We are one of the most tolerant nations on earth – a country built on many backgrounds, many journeys and many stories,” Minister Morrison said.

“Our cultural diversity has increased our connection to the world and given us many economic and social benefits. We want to continue to harness these benefits.

“In particular, the topics we need to keep looking at are improving access to labour market opportunities for culturally diverse Australians through employment participation, skills recognition and entrepreneurship.”

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells – who has special responsibility for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services – said the 15th anniversary was the perfect opportunity to thank those who have been involved over the years.

“Since 1999 we’ve seen more than 60,000 events, ranging from morning teas and school dress-up days to large-scale festivals, concerts and sports matches,” Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.

“Communities have also warmly welcomed new neighbours, friends, classmates and workmates who’ve come here from around the globe.

“This inclusive spirit is at the heart of who we are as Australians, and it’s why Harmony Day has gone from strength to strength over the past 15 years.”

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