|Multiculturalism||CONFERENCE URGES GOVERNMENT TO VALUE MIGRANT CONTRIBUTION|
Archbishop Barry Hickey has criticised the Government for its harsh treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.|
Speaking at the weekend's 'Building Bridges' Catholic Multiculturalism conference in Sydney, he said: "The Government has progressively restricted migration over the past few years and has taken a very hard line in respect to border arrivals, both in terms of the conditions in detention centres and the limits placed on those who succeed in obtaining a three year visa."
The conference, organised by the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and the The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, was held at St Joseph's College, Hunter's Hill.
Australian Constitutional Convention delegate Jason Yet-Sin Li said in his opening address that we have a static view of multiculturalism that puts a negative spin on positive cultural development that accompanies migration.
"An 'evolutionary multiculturalism' sees constant change, dynamic growth and the culture evolving," said Mr Li.
|11 July 00|