Bilingual and trilingual shop signs are a feature of Strathfield.
Australia has no policy designating English as the official language, but an explicit 'English first' policy for shop signs would treat speakers of every other language as second-class citizens.
As Italy confirms its ban on Sikhs carrying holy daggers, should the judiciary be deciding what our societies look like or what defines our cultural values?
Malcolm Turnbull often claims Australia is the world’s most successful multicultural nation.
The government's multicultural statement stays fairly much in the place where rhetoric around the issue has been located for the past generation – social control and integration.
Interculturalism emphasises interaction between members of diverse communities, rather than ‘groupism’.
A relatively new approach to diversity prioritises active and equitable interaction between various groups within local communities.
Australia displays many of the hallmarks of an ‘ethnocracy’ – albeit one cloaked in the rhetoric of multiculturalism.
Australia was designed at Federation to ensure nationals of British descent would be able to create a society populated by individuals as much like themselves as possible.
Pauline Hanson’s return to politics provides a catalyst for a likely intense debate over multiculturalism in the coming months and years.
How will the oft-proclaimed 'most successful multicultural nation in the world' handle the rumbling of multiculturalism's opponents?
Ethnic minorities have re-defined what it means to be British.
Paul, of Mediterranean Foods on Sydney Rd, Brunswick, with a bowl of Italian marzipan fruit.
Multicultural issues may not decide the election. But the multicultural voting makeup of many marginal electorates will play a critical part in who wins these seats.
The wrong message.
As a Muslim woman, why I think the prime minister's plan to teach Muslim women English is oppressive.
What distinguishes Australia is the extraordinary extent to which people of different cultural backgrounds work, play and form families together.
The story of Australia’s multicultural future needs to be informed by an understanding of the past. Those who do not know history’s mistakes are doomed to repeat them.
Recent federal governments have not had the courage to draft, debate, test and pass legislation asserting and implementing Australian multiculturalism.
Mainstream Australia isn't allowed to define multicultural priorities, as the policy has no legislative legitimacy.
Howard-era Human Rights Commissioner Sev Ozdowski is the new chairman of the revamped Australian Multicultural Council.
Late in December, I took a phone call from a young woman working for the Department of Social Services. She had called, she said, because the department was checking its database of contacts, so that the…