The Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia (MCCSA) is extremely disappointed with the reclaim Australia rallies held all over Australia including South Australia over the weekend. We strongly believe as Australians we should embrace our diversity and use its richness and values to build a strong society that will stand as one in the face of all adversity.
Helena Kyriazopoulos, President of the MCCSA said she is deeply concerned about the negative impact these rallies are having on our multicultural communities. She said these are times when we should be an example to the rest of the world. “We should be improving relationships in our communities rather than generating divisive environs which would only serve to create tensions and mistrust in our communities”. “The message from these rallies does not help to bring us together if anything at all it leads to division within our society. People have a right to express their view but not at the expense of alienating others in our society”. Australians have on several occasions rallied in support of our Muslim communities and other minority groups allaying the fear that they are unwanted. However, the Reclaim Australia rally undermines these efforts and sets us back in our bid for a harmonious multicultural society.
It is well documented and celebrated that Australia as a nation has much to thank its migrant population over the past 100 years. As a country Australia has evolved as one of the most advanced nations of our times. Considering the positive contribution of migrants to our society it is important that we reach out to all members of our multicultural community and promote harmony and acceptance for all.
The MCCSA would like to reaffirm our position in support of a harmonious multicultural Australia where people from all walks of life, religion or race are welcome to live and pursue their dreams.