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How Multiculturalism Started in Australia.

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´╗┐How Multiculturalism Started in Australia? Our ever-changing multicultural Australian society today, we are a strong nation composed of great diversity of nations. It embraces our Australian- grown customs and the heritage of Indigenous Australians, early settlers, and the diverse range of migrants now coming to this country. It supports the right of each Australian to maintain and celebrate, within the law, their culture, language or religion. The freedom of all Australian to express and share their cultural values is dependent on our abiding by mutual civic obligations. All Australians are expected to have an overriding loyalty to Australia and its people, and to respect the basic structures and principles underwriting our democratic society. These are the Constitution, parliamentary democracy, freedom of speech and religion, English as the national language, the rule of law, acceptance and equality. I feel that within Australia today everyone has benefited in one way or another from the migration people into Australia. ...read more.


In fact, the matter has been quite a controversy topic in the last few months. However, there is actually more to it than simply numbers and cuts. Nevertheless, many still believe that multiculturalism is and will always be a part of Australian Identity. As it is, aside from bringing more people into Australia, migration also has other significant effects to the land down under. One of these is the many changes that the Australian culture has undergone because of the different people that are arriving in the country yearly. And this multiculturalism has become a significant part of Australia?s national identity, being known as one of the countries with most diverse heritages. On the other hand, the country?s growths in the late 19th and early 20th centuries have attracted a lot of people from other nations to move into Australia. ...read more.


Multiculturalism may be seen as the modern expression of those political principles that allow for both majority rule, and respect for the rights of minorities. These two may be seen as the counterweights that keep multicultural acrobatics on the balance beam. In closing, I would like to make the following four recommendations in designing for ourselves a multicultural identity: First, our multiculturalism should not be limited to strictly human perspectives, but include the lessons one may learn from imagining the ? perspective of all the possible non-human ?others? Second, avoid consciously or subconsciously working within assumptions that are ethnocentric even if camouflaged as ?multicultural? , Third , recognize the ability of human beings to learn about join or even convert to other cultures all of which are not only allowed in a multicultural society , but should be legally protected; and finally when discussing culture, allow the chips of evidence fall where may under conditions of careful empirical research even if the results may shatter a popular or well- liked belief. ...read more.

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