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Access and Equity

Andrew Theophanous.

Dr Andrew Theophanous speaks on the incorporation of social justice into multiculturalism.

Created:

1995

Date Added:

27 June 2002

Source:

Making Multicultural Australia

Format:

mov (Quicktime);

File size:

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Length:

28 secs

Transcript

DR ANDREW THEOPHANOUS
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, 1993-96, Member of the House of Representatives, 1980-

There has been a lot of angst about the incorporation of social justice principles into multiculturalism. Thereís been the view that multiculturalism really ought to be about dances and celebrating a kind of superficial sense of diversity, rather than about getting some action in terms of justice and fairness and equality for people.
Now those latter principles have always been part of what we meant by multiculturalism but they havenít always been emphasised.

CONTINUATION OF INTERVIEW AS TEXT

We still have problems of discrimination, in some areas, against specific types, groups of people, who are from particular backgrounds. And of course, we still have to do more to try to actually bring together all the different elements of multiculturalism, in terms of the genuine respect of other cultures, rather than a kind of artificial respect.

Interview for Making Multicultural Australia, 1995.