Posted on 21. Mar, 2014 in News
Victorian Labor is calling on Victorians to oppose Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s cuts to important multicultural programs and any changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.
Recently, the Abbott Government announced it would cut $18 million from the Migrant Communities Employment Fund and the Building Multicultural Communities Program.
Multicultural communities are concerned that proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act may expose Victorians to hate speech.
Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews:
“Major funding cuts and changes to discrimination laws will hurt multicultural communities.”
“Every Victorian who is committed to diversity should oppose Tony Abbott’s plans.”
• In 2013, the former Federal Labor Government committed $6.6 million over two years to establish the Migrant Communities Employment Fund. On 17 December 2013, the Abbott Government announced it would not proceed with the fund.
• In 2013, the former Federal Labor Government initiated the Building Multicultural Communities Program, committing $14 million in 2013-2014. The Abbott Government’s MYEFO announced cuts of $11.5 million to the Program.
• Amendments to Racial Discrimination Act were passed in September 1995 with bipartisan support. In 2012, Tony Abbott announced he would repeal Section 18C of the Act. On 10 March 2014, Attorney General George Brandis said the Government still intended to amend the Act.