Professor Jayasuriya gives his view on the Jupp Report.
26 June 2002
Making Multicultural Australia
PROFESSOR LAKSIRI JAYASURIYA
Former head of the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Western Australia, and member, Committee of Review of the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs
Jupp failed, in my view, to come to terms with this fundamental dilemma of choosing between a form of cultural pluralism and a recognition of rights in terms of group rights, or the rights of ethnic minorities. Because he just makes a nominal concession to affirmative action or the need to recognise that they accept the maxim ‘equal but different’.
The Jupp Report was really a kind of justification of government policy in an attempt to provide window dressing for the social justice strategy of the Labor Government. All what it did was really highlight the ways in which the Galbally recommendations were being implemented. I mean if you really want to look at that, go back to the AIMA (Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs) Report.
Interview for Making Multicultural Australia, 1993.