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Migrant Employment Fund cuts cruel and heartless: Greens

Greens Senator and spokesperson on multiculturalism Richard Di Natale has slammed the Abbott government for cutting the Migrant Communities Employment Fund.

The $6.6 million Migrant Communities Employment Fund was established by the previous government after a community campaign and lobbying by the Greens to support employment programs amongst new migrant communities.

“This is a mean spirited cut, that will have little impact on the Budget bottom line but will hurt migrant Australians who face big challenges in labour market,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Greens back ethnic and indigenous groups on Racial Discrimination Act

The Australian Greens have today backed calls by a coalition of ethnic and indigenous groups to protect laws against racially-motivated hate speech, saying the Coalition’s plan to weaken protections against racism is shameful.

“The Greens will never support any moves that make it easier to abuse people on the basis of race,” said Senator Richard Di Natale, Greens spokesperson for Multiculturalism.

“Multiculturalism is one of Australia’s greatest success stories but racial vilification is still a reality for too many people in our society.

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Repeal of discrimination protections sends wrong message on hate speech

Confirmation by Attorney-General George Brandis that his first bill will be to repeal protections against hate speech is the "opening salvo" of a campaign to weaken multiculturalism, say the Australian Greens.

"The AG's first priority is to unwind protections against hate crimes. What message does this send to Australians born overseas? Many still confront racism on a daily basis," said Greens spokesperson for multiculturalism, Senator Richard Di Natale.

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Greens condemn attack on Jewish family

Australian Greens spokesperson for Multiculturalism, Senator Richard Di Natale, today joined Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane in condemning an attack on a Jewish family in Bondi over the weekend. "The Greens share the Commissioner's concern at the violence, which appears to have been racially motivated," said Senator Di Natale. "Violence of any kind is unacceptable but racist violence is particularly abhorrent. "This type of hatred and violence has no place in our society.

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Katter party candidate shows why Morrison is wrong on multiculturalism

Greens spokesperson for multiculturalism, Senator Richard Di Natale, said Scott Morrison’s speech was a dull and predictable tour of the same tired old territory so often exploited by the Coalition.

“Scott Morrison tried to dress up division in the language of unity, and sought to lay blame for any cultural tensions on newly arrived migrants for their ‘self-imposed cultural withdrawal’,” said Senator Di Natale.

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