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Catholic lobby group launches asylum seeker campaign on Harmony Day

The Australian Political Ministry Network (PolMin) is launching its Community Tolerance campaign today, the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination which the Immigration Department is celebrating as Harmony Day.

"The Federal Government has identified today as the day where Australia is to celebrate all cultures, heritages and languages in the Australian community," said PolMin coordinator James McGillicuddy. "March 21 was chosen to coincide with the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination."

The Community Tolerance initiative is PolMin's second campaign to reform Australia's Asylum Seeker and Refugee policy.

Mr McGillicuddy explained the campaign goal: "Through its members PolMin will lobby Federal Parliament to enact the National Community Relations Act which will serve as the public policy framework that will bring about community tolerance towards all migrants particularly asylum seekers and refugees."

He cited Pope John Paul II's World Migration Day 1995 reminder that the attitude of host countries such as Australia towards migrants plays an important role in their integration into the host country's community.

"What is lacking in Australia today undermining integration of refugees and migrants into the Australian community is adequate national public policy that ensures appropriate host country attitude referred to by Pope John Paul."

The Australian Political Ministry Network (PolMin) is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to bringing about systemic change in Australian society for the common good through influencing public policy in accordance with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

Department of Immigration Multicultural Indigenous Affairs: Harmony Day 2002


21 Mar 2002