Briefing paper

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) is the peak advocacy organisation for ethnic and multicultural groups in Victoria. Our policy briefs provide succinct information about key findings from our consultations which range from direct community submissions as well as our own roundtable discussions and forums. This roundtable multicultural community consultation was part one of a two part series of ECCV consultations called: Are We Really Living Safe Together?

At the Federal level, on 26 May 2015, the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, announced new measures to strengthen Australian citizenship, including a National Consultation on Australian Citizenship. The aim of this roundtable discussion was to offer stakeholders in the ethnic and multicultural community sector the chance to have a voice in ECCV’s submission to this national consultation and to encourage their own submissions.

At the Victorian level, ECCV received community letters, stakeholder visits, phone calls and emails expressing community concern about the public debate and the expressed intention of the Australian Government to revoke citizenship that would target those with dual citizenship.

Participants that attended the consultation included representatives from ethnic and multi-faith community organisations including multicultural community service providers, multicultural broadcasting, peak bodies with an interest in multicultural affairs, former academics and CEOs.

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