Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Disability Services and Community Development
While we all work together towards recovery from the impacts of COVID-19, it is disappointing to hear of reports of racially motivated offences occurring in Tasmania.
Such offences are unacceptable, abhorrent and will not be tolerated.
The Tasmanian Government is committed to ensuring that, no matter where people are from, every Tasmanian is treated fairly, with respect and without discrimination, and have an equal opportunity, and responsibility, to engage in Tasmanian life.
A diverse, multicultural Tasmania benefits our entire community, helping to drive economic growth, create jobs and improve the standard of living for all Tasmanians.
Migrants make a strong contribution to our economy and to the rich cultural diversity of our communities.
To support those that have helped support our economy and diversity, our $3 million targeted assistance for temporary visa holders is helping the estimated 26,000 temporary visa holders in Tasmania, including students, fruit pickers and skilled workers such as chefs and health workers who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.
The Tasmanian Government made a significant investment in the 2019-20 State Budget to help ensure migrants feel welcome, to be able to participate socially and economically, and to find a new home in Tasmania, including funding of $595,000 for the multicultural affairs portfolio, and an additional $240,000 for on-island support for refugees.
All Tasmanians have a responsibility to stay true to our long and proud history of welcoming migrants from many countries – this is home to people from 177 different countries, with 159 identified languages spoken in Tasmanian homes.
As we look towards recovery, people from all walks of life need to be treated fairly, regardless of their background.