Queenslanders are being encouraged to celebrate Harmony Day (Thursday 21 March) and reflect on how people from diverse backgrounds contribute to the State’s multicultural success.
Multicultural Affairs Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Queensland was a thriving and diverse place, which continued to be shaped by the contributions of people from a myriad of cultural traditions.
“In light of the devastating terrorist attack in Christchurch last week, it’s even more important that we reach out to each other and spread a message of peace, harmony and belonging,” he said.
“What better way to do that than celebrating Harmony Day together.
“Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries on earth and Queensland is part of that success story.
“Our identity has been shaped by bringing people together, from the rich culture of the nation’s first peoples to the diverse traditions of Queenslanders who come from all corners of the globe.”
According to the 2016 census, Queenslanders come from more than 220 countries and territories, speak more than 180 languages and hold more than 110 religious’ beliefs.
Almost 2 in 5 Queenslanders were either born overseas or had at least one parent born overseas.
“Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “It makes Queensland a great place to live.
“In the spirit of Harmony Day, I encourage Queenslanders to commit to the principles of the Multicultural Queensland Charter which sets out the Queensland Government’s vision for an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.
“Whether it’s at home, at work, at your local sporting club, or in your child’s school, I’m urging Queenslanders to take some time to consider the Charter’s eight principles and how they can be brought to life.”