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The Rise, Fall and Rise of Australian Multiculturalism


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Somehow, almost 40 years after the dissolution of the White Australia policy, after countless waves of immigration and generations of new arrivals, our politicians and pundits are once again discussing the virtues and problems of multiculturalism.

As right-wing shock jocks point towards growing international dissatisfaction with the term, what does it actually mean here in Australia? Multi-racial? Trans-cultural? Assimilated or integrated? Our panel reflects on whether we’re really at a crisis point, and why the ‘m’ word means so much more than just an exotic menu.

The event will be chaired by Maher Mughrabi, foreign news editor of The Age.

The panel will include Senator Kate Lundy, Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship, and Jeremy Sammut, commentator and Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies.


Kate Lundy

Senator Kate Lundy is Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural affairs. Kate was first elected to the Senate for the Australian Capital Territory in 1996. Following the 2010 Federal Election, she was appointed Parliamentary Secretary... Read more

Jeremy Sammut

Jeremy Sammut is a commentator and a senior research fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS). Jeremy has a BA (Hons) from Macquarie University and a PhD from Monash University in Australian political and social history. He has published articles on historical subjects in The Journal of C... Read more

Maher Mughrabi

Maher Mughrabi is Foreign Editor of the Age and Sydney Morning Herald. He has previously worked at the Independent, the Scotsman, the Daily Mail and the Khaleej Times. In 2015, Arena Journal published his essay on the ‘Arab Spring’ and its aftermath, entitled ‘Hunting Le... Read more

Bulent Dellal

Bulent Dellal OAM is the Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the SBS Board of Directors. He has over 25 years’ experience in policy, management, community development and programming for cultural diversity.  He has extensive experienc... Read more


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