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Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world.
We are as old as our First Australians, the oldest continuing human culture on earth, who have cared for this country for more than 50,000 years.
And we are as young as the baby in the arms of her migrant mother who could have come from any nation, any faith, any race in the world.
Australia is an immigration nation. Almost half of our current population was either born overseas or has at least one parent born overseas.
And we come from every culture, every race, every faith, every nation.
We are defined not by race, religion or culture, but by shared values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and equality of opportunity—a “fair go”.
The glue that holds us together is mutual respect – a deep recognition that each of us is entitled to the same respect, the same dignity, the same opportunities.
And national security – a resolute determination to defend our nation, our people and our values – is the foundation on which our freedoms have been built and maintained.
At a time of growing global tensions and rising uncertainty, Australia remains a steadfast example of a harmonious, egalitarian and enterprising nation, embracing its diversity.
Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful renews and reaffirms the Government’s commitment to a multicultural Australia, in which racism and discrimination have no place.
I commend Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful to all Australians.
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister of Australia