Media Release by Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

Counting Down to Celebrate 15 years of Harmony Day

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services with special responsibility for multicultural affairs, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells today encouraged everyone to embrace Harmony Day as the countdown begins with less than one month to go.

21 March marks the 15th anniversary of a special day in Australia’s calendar – an occasion when the nation celebrates the richness of our cultural diversity and respect for each and every person who calls Australia home.

We are one of the most socially cohesive nations on earth and in 2015 we’re very excited to reach an important milestone of 15 years of sharing the message that everyone belongs,” Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.

“It’s important on 21 March to look back and reflect on how far we’ve come, and what we’ve achieved together.

“We have a successful history of accepting people from all over the world. Remarkably around 45% of Australians were either born overseas or have at least one parent who was. Millions of migrant journeys make up our shared national story.

“On the 15th anniversary of Harmony Day, a Howard Government initiative, it’s time to thank the individuals, communities and businesses who have played a big part in building a successful multicultural Australia.

“Let’s build on the momentum of the past 15 years, and look ahead to what can be done over the years to come.”

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