Clashes over the building of a mosque in Bendigo are a reminder of how easily strong public feelings about immigration can be exploited.
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.
Universities expose students to difference, providing them with a unique opportunity to learn from others.
Universities have an important role to play in developing students’ ability to engage successfully across different cultures and experiences.
Every language contains a unique, and irreplaceable, worldview.
Malcolm Turnbull's tears have drawn attention to harsh truths about the loss of Indigenous culture. As a nation we should embrace Indigenous languages.
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
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"?
The wrong message.
As a Muslim woman, why I think the prime minister's plan to teach Muslim women English is oppressive.
History shows that for France, assimilation has always been a selective process and anything but universally applied.
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Interviews with members of the white-working class show that most welcome difference and diversity.
Confucius Institutes offer China a chance to teach people around the world about the country’s language and culture.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Geert Wilders’ attacks on Islam rehash centuries-old Western Islamophobic slogans.
Australian is not Europe, and controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders did not find much of an audience when he last came here in 2013.
The implications of recent and proposed policy changes for new immigrants and potential citizens are still uncertain.
The shift to Immigration and Border Protection – and the creation of the Australian Border Force – is the most profound change in the Department of Immigration's history.
The increasing obsession with ‘border security’ has conspired to erode the nation-building objectives of Australian immigration policy.
For all its faults and weaknesses, the role of the old Department of Immigration was fundamental to the success of the postwar immigration program.
The UK requires that new citizens know English. It formally tests for competency.
Australia should learn from the UK's mistakes if taking a leaf out of its book on citizenship reform.
Zaky Mallah argued that the government’s policies play into the hands of ‘recruitment propaganda’ designed to appeal to alienated young Muslims.
It is important that we do not entirely dismiss Zaky Mallah's comments on Q&A. He sheds light on a seductive mechanism for young Muslims that is real.
Xhosa women celebrate in Qunu in the Eastern Cape. It is time for African languages and cultures to dominate at the continent’s universities.
African universities need to boost local languages onto the same exalted platform as English before they can be considered truly transformed.
Premier Mike Baird and Communities Minister Victor Dominello have vigorously pursued their vision for peak body Multicultural NSW.
Multicultural issues are stirring in NSW. They range from education, aged care and health through to political rights to commemorate unresolved overseas conflicts.
Australians have high levels of national pride and belonging – much higher than for many comparable countries.
Every year, come January 26, Australia Day revives the annual dialogue around notions of national identity, our values and what it means to be Australian. It’s an opportune time to reflect on the findings…
Which team did you support in the first 2015 Asian Cup game between Australia and Kuwait, in Melbourne?
The passions of some Australians attending games in the 2015 Asian Cup that don’t involve the Socceroos has generated more comment than the crowd at the Australian games. Most notably, in their first game…