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At the crossroads... Social Justice

Andrew Theophanous.

An Interview with Dr Andrew Theophanous, speaking on rearguard actions to limit multiculturalism to the fact of cultural diversity.

Created:

1995

Date Added:

19 July 2002

Source:

Interview for Making Multicultural Australia, 1995.

Format:

mov (Quicktime);

File size:

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Length:

32 secs

Transcript

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

Thereís still been rearguard actions, which have tried to either get rid of multiculturalism or to limit multiculturalism to simply a kind of very low level response to the fact of cultural diversity, rather than to a positive, creative agenda, in terms of the way in which different cultural traditions can contribute to the evolution of the Australian culture, but also can bring to bear this central concept of social justice.

CONTINUATION OF INTERVIEW AS TEXT

Having failed to actually destroy the general multicultural agenda, the new approach is this guerrilla tactic: "Letís first get rid of the term multiculturalism, then we will start getting rid of what we mean by cultural diversity. Then we will undermine the elements of social justice, and so on". Iím totally opposed to that, I think thatís wrong.

Interview for Making Multicultural Australia, 1995.