Media Release by Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

Marking Harmony Day with the AFL

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, tonight attended the AFL celebrations for Harmony Day, showcased in the Essendon versus the Kangaroos match at Etihad Stadium.

Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Day and the AFL supported the event with orange goal flags, umpire uniforms, on-field painting and ribbons worn by the commentary team and Auskick participants, along with a special video from its Multicultural Ambassadors.

Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, who has special responsibility for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services, said the AFL had shown its commitment to our cultural diversity.

“Sport, whether as a player, volunteer, administrator or spectator, unites people of all ages, cultures and religions,” Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells said.

“Sport can also play a critical role in promoting our cultural diversity, helping build acceptance and the understanding of other cultures.

“As part of Harmony Day on 21 March, Australians are encouraged to wear orange to show their support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia.

“There are also more than 6,600 events being held across the country–a new record–where people can show their support.

“Harmony Day aims to engage the community, particularly young people, to celebrate and recognise the benefits and potential that cultural diversity brings.

“The central message for Harmony Day is that ‘Everyone Belongs’, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness of all Australians, and respect for cultural and religious diversity.”