Australia is a nation of 25 million stories from all corners of the globe and our diversity makes us one of the most multicultural countries on earth. Labor is committed to greater inclusion and ensuring that all Australians know they are valued for their contribution. We have a plan to deliver a Fair Go for Multicultural Australia.
MULTICULTURAL AGED CARE EXPANSION
A Shorten Labor Government will invest $100 million to expand access to culturally appropriate aged care facilities throughout Australia.
This new funding will support new facilities, as well as upgrades and improvements to existing facilities that service our diverse ethnic communities.
Labor will ensure ageing Australians are in an environment where the language, food, and surroundings are familiar.
We know how important it is for people in aged care to be comfortable and secure so they can age with dignity. There remains a need for cultural sensitivity across all areas of aged care, including wellbeing and rehabilitation, not just palliative or end-of-life care.
LONG STAY PARENT VISA
A Shorten Labor Government will deliver a fairer Long Stay Parent visa so that Australian families from migrant and multicultural backgrounds can reunite with their loved ones and so grandparents can have quality time with their grandchildren.
Labor’s visa will be uncapped – available for both sets of parents – and is one quarter of the cost of the Liberals’ visa.
Labor knows that modern Australia and multicultural Australia are the same thing – which is why we value families being able to spend time together and help each other.
Labor is proud of Australia’s multicultural society, and believes every Australian deserves the right to live free from racial and ethnic vilification. Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has served Australia well for more than two decades and we have resisted attempts by the conservatives to abolish it. The only outcome from repealing section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act would be more hate speech. Labor will continue to fight for important protections against racial hate speech in Australia, including 18C.
A Shorten Labor Government strongly opposes unfair changes to the Australian citizenship law.
Scott Morrison and the Liberals are saying to migrants that unless you can speak university-level English, you will not be allowed to become an Australian citizen.
Labor rejects these unfair changes.
Labor believes everyone who lives in Australia should have the opportunity to attain conversational-level English and we will provide the resources to help them. That is the appropriate standard applied in the current test for Australian Citizenship and we will stick with it.
COMMUNITY LANGUAGE PROGRAM
A Shorten Labor Government will invest an extra $8 million in community language schools so that more Australian children get the chance to learn other languages. Grants of up to $25,000 per school will go towards the cost of setting up a new school, extending classes to pre-schoolers, better teacher training or more classroom resources.
Community language schools have been operating in Australia for more than 150 years. There are now about 700 community language schools across the country, teaching around 100,000 students in over 80 languages.
Community language schools contribute to Australia’s standing as a successful multicultural nation. They help preserve and celebrate cultures and traditions and promote diversity, inclusion, and respect.
We will pay for this commitment by making multinationals pay their fair share and closing tax loopholes used by the top end of town.
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