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In some quarters Peter Dutton’s outburst, which was quickly challenged on points of fact, will resonate politically. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Peter Dutton: a menace to multicultural Australia

If Malcolm Turnbull is returned he should tip Peter Dutton out of the immigration portfolio when he chooses his new ministry. Dutton’s Tuesday comments, when targeting the Greens’ proposal for a big increase…
Clashes over the building of a mosque in Bendigo are a reminder of how easily strong public feelings about immigration can be exploited. AAP/Brendan McCarthy

Ideas for Australia: Bipartisanship on immigration does little to counter racism, suspicion and division

Australians need to have a broad conversation about immigration. This must go beyond border security to discuss immigration's broad functions, social impacts and the national interests it serves.
Something seems to be missing in the Australian art world. French Street theatre company performing at the Santiago a Mil International Theatre Festival - Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Australia’s arts community has a big diversity problem – that’s our loss

Diversity is a vital part of a thriving art sector, yet only 8% of professional Australian artists come from a non-English speaking background. How can we beat "diversity fatigue"?
Confucius Institutes offer China a chance to teach people around the world about the country’s language and culture. Shutterstock

China’s Confucius Institutes aren’t perfect but have much to offer Africa

China's Confucius Institutes given foreigners a chance to learn more about the country. Africa must be careful that its universities' partnerships with Confucius Institutes don't create dependency.
What distinguishes Australia is the extraordinary extent to which people of different cultural backgrounds work, play and form families together. AAP

Australia’s multicultural future is a story in three parts

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.
Harmony Day is part of efforts in Australia to promote social cohesion, which showed a marked improvement in 2015, according to the Scanlon Foundation survey. Wikimedia Commons/DIAC Images

Social cohesion survey puts Abbott’s final months as PM in a new light

Despite perceptions of a divided and troubled nation, social cohesion in Australia actually improved on most measures in 2015, the latest Scanlon Foundation survey finds.
Xhosa women celebrate in Qunu in the Eastern Cape. It is time for African languages and cultures to dominate at the continent’s universities. Antony Kaminju/Reuters

African languages have the power to transform universities

African universities need to boost local languages onto the same exalted platform as English before they can be considered truly transformed.

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