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Friday, March 25, 2005

What is multiculturalism?

Sir William Deane is a former Governor General of Australia and remains a voice of compassion in the community. He gave the following speech at the University of Western Australia on Monday night. Our country is being challenged by a conservative orthodoxy, Deane argued, and the very fabric that makes us diverse and tolerant is being threatened:

"One cannot but be conscious of a tendency in recent times to seek to discount or trivialise policies and attitudes protecting the dignity and self esteem of other human beings by dismissive or occasionally sneering reference to the pejorative and largely meaningless catchphrase of “political correctness”. Or, in some more strident sections of the media, by childish reference to things such as drinking chardonnay, or cappuccino or even latte or an undefined “chattering class” from which those who are enamoured of the phrase apparently see themselves as strangely exempt."


Blogger Ambrose said...

I miss Sir William Dean very much. Not only because of his intellect and compassion, but because somehow, his end of Governorship seemed to spell the end of that path that Australia undertook from 1972 onwards (and supported by governments of all hues)to become one of the most culturally mature countries in the world. Multicultural, comfortable in its region, addressing its issues with its indigenous populations and progressing towards a repulblic. Howard became prime minister. Deane stepped down and ever since I feel like Australia has regressed back into some provincial hicky monocultural backwater.

Friday, March 25, 2005 9:47:00 pm  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

Bring back Bill... Clinton as well as Deane.

Saturday, March 26, 2005 1:36:00 pm  

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