Australia's brand of multiculturalism is admired by other nations, but it still has its sticking points, and future challenges.
Why do third generation immigrants from non-Anglo backgrounds still find themselves thought of as 'different'? Would a more equal and mutual respect of culture help build connections? Why wasn't that part of the brief of the Social Inclusion Board when it was created in 2008? Should Australia support a variety of legal systems, such as sharia law?
We bring you edited highlights of a University of NSW forum, which was part of the Social Policy Reseach Centre's 2011 conference. The speakers also share their own personal experiences of identity and moving around the world.
Professor Ilan Katz
Director, Social Policy Research Centre, University of NSW
Director, Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils
Professor Fethi Mansouri
Chair in Migration and Intercultural Research, Deakin University
Professor Andrew Jacubowicz
Sociologist, University of Technology, Sydney