Dr Colin Rubenstein, talks about power within the positions of the Ethnic Affairs and Immigration Commission.
18 July 2002
University of Adelaide, 2 December 1993.
DR COLIN RUBENSTEIN
Former Senior Consultant, Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs
Only a Prime Minister or a Premier is really in a position to ensure that sensitivity and that incorporation across the board. A minister for Ethnic Affairs and Immigration will have some power in some areas, but is in no position to really influence or heavy more senior ministers.
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(Prime Minister Hawke) established the Office of Multicultural Affairs, effectively replacing AIMA (Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs), and in a way which represented progress, made that responsible to the Prime Minister. And I say that’s progress because of the public policy strategy of incorporation and diffusion as a way of sensitising all public policy areas and departments to the needs of multicultural Australia.
From “What is Wrong with Multiculturalism?”, University of Adelaide, 2 December 1993.