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State government initiatives - Multiculturalism in practice South Australia

Sev Ozdowski.

Dr Sev Ozdowski talks about social cohesion and to tackle racism in South Australia.

Created:

1996

Date Added:

18 July 2002

Source:

Interview for Making Multicultural Australia, 1996.

Format:

mov (Quicktime);

File size:

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Length:

54 secs

Transcript

DR SEV OZDOWSKI
Chief Executive, Office of Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs (of SA)

First we'd like to work about social cohesion. We would like to especially tackle racism in South Australia. We are very much interested in economic development.

We would like to ensure that the capital - skills capital, language capital - brought by migrants to South Australia is utilised by the community to advance our economic development.

We are talking also about another key area. Itís social justice. Social justice is very much to ensure that those of us who are less fortunate get full access to government services which are provided for them.

We are talking also about cultural identity. We believe that people who came to South Australia have got the right to maintain their cultural heritage.

CONTINUATION OF INTERVIEW AS TEXT

Furthermore, we would like them to share their cultural heritage with the rest of society. So it's an extremely important area for us.

The fifth area which will be given priority, it's not really an area which refers to merit, to a goal. It's rather an area which relates to process. We would like to ensure that there's much better consultation between people from different ethnic communities and the government. We would like to establish a much better two-way communication so as to ensure that the concerns of the people who are from culturally diverse backgrounds are taken into consideration with government policies.

Interview for Making Multicultural Australia, 1996.