The Effectiveness Of Australia 's Multicultural Policy

1498 WordsFeb 23, 20176 Pages
Abstract This paper will assess the effectiveness of Australia’s multicultural policy through an analysis of its traits and its capacity to create a socially cohesive society. It recognizes that multiculturalism plays an important role in national identity. In addition to this, it recognises that there are a number of factors which can impact on the level of social cohesion including political discourse and global events. This essay will claim that the new arrived migrants and refugees from Middle Eastern and African demographics are facing countless trials in successfully integrating into Australian society and this has an impact on the country’s social cohesion. This essay will be supported by an interview with Cooper from Australia,…show more content…
This is also corroborated by The People of Australia (2014) who recognize that the fundamental tenets should include promoting unity, respecting diversity and focusing on the strengthening of social cohesion. Despite the evidence that Australia’s multicultural policy has supported social cohesion, Forrest and Kevin Dunn (2006) state that parts of Australia still embraces a heritage of Anglo advantage and cultural supremacy. This is further supported in the interview with Cooper who claims that it’s difficult to position all Australians in the same boat, and there are a range of extreme opinions regarding new migrants ranging from tolerance to rejection (457321G, 2017). The Human Rights Commission (2016) claims Australia is, and has been, a highly cohesive society by any objective standard; though, the measure of this success is debatable. The measurement of social cohesion includes factors such as the degree of social integrity and equity, acceptance and sense of self-worth (Scanlon Foundation, 2015). This is contested in the interview with Fang (457321G, 2017) who claimed that she has had experience of discrimination and infrequently receives comments such as “go back to your country”. This can be a justification as to why different cultural groups remain in their individual communities. The findings from the Scanlon Foundation (2015) can be linked to data
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