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FECCA calls on Government to ensure diverse voices are heard in the postal vote

10 August 2017

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) has urged the Government to ensure that diverse voices are heard in the proposed postal vote on marriage equality.

Ms Eugenia Grammatikakis, Acting Chair of FECCA said: “FECCA calls on the Government through the Australian Electoral Commission and the Australia Bureau of Statistics to ensure that Australians of all backgrounds are included on the electoral roll and are fully informed of the postal vote process.”

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) has urged the Government to ensure that diverse voices are heard in the proposed postal vote on marriage equality.

Ms Eugenia Grammatikakis, Acting Chair of FECCA said: “FECCA calls on the Government through the Australian Electoral Commission and the Australian Bureau of Statistics to ensure that Australians of all backgrounds are included on the electoral roll and are fully informed of the postal vote process.”

“Postal votes are unfamiliar to most Australians including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. It is critical that an inclusive process is adopted and that appropriate information and support is provided throughout the process to communities vulnerable to being disenfranchised,” she said.

Ms Grammatikakis continued: “The 2016 Census shows that more than one fifth of Australians (21 per cent) speak a language other than English at home and nearly half of Australians had either been born overseas or have one or both parents who were born overseas.”

“This means that information including how to register on the electoral roll, and on the postal vote process, must be provided to CALD communities through a range of channels and community languages,” she said.

Ms Grammatikakis emphasised: “This must be a priority for the Government to prevent the disenfranchisement of individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.”

“As was the case with the 2016 Census, this type of education campaign requires resources and time. FECCA would welcome details about how CALD communities will be informed and included in this process and would be pleased to work with the ABS and AEC to this end.”

FECCA is the national peak body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. FECCA’s role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community.

Media contact: (0424) 910617 / emma@fecca.org.au

FECCA welcomes Australian Greens’ announcement on an Australian charter of rights

2 August 2017

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) welcomed yesterday’s announcement by the Australian Greens that they will introduce draft laws for an Australian charter of rights and refer them to a parliamentary inquiry for discussion and consultation.

Ms Eugenia Grammatikakis, Acting Chair of FECCA said: “FECCA has consistently called on all parties to develop a national legislative framework on multiculturalism , through a robust process of consultation and legislative inquiry, which recognises and protects the rights of every person in Australia’s multicultural society.”

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) welcomed yesterday’s announcement by the Australian Greens that they will introduce draft laws for an Australian charter of rights and refer them to a parliamentary inquiry for discussion and consultation.

Ms Eugenia Grammatikakis, Acting Chair of FECCA said: “FECCA has consistently called on all parties to develop a national legislative framework on multiculturalism , through a robust process of consultation and legislative inquiry, which recognises and protects the rights of every person in Australia’s multicultural society.”

Ms Grammatikakis said: “Multiculturalism needs to be embedded, not just in government policy, but in the Australian political system, through a whole of government approach, which recognises, values and protects cultural, religious, racial and linguistic diversity.”

Ms Grammatikakis continued: “Public consultation through an inquiry looking into an Australian charter of rights provides an opportunity to explore legislative protection for multiculturalism and diversity. FECCA looks forward to submitting our views. We urge all sides of politics to support the inquiry.”

FECCA is the national peak body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. FECCA’s role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community.

 

Media contact: (0424) 910617 / emma@fecca.org.au

FECCA pays tribute to Les Murray

1 August 2017

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) pays tribute to Les Murray, the renowned SBS broadcaster, and football journalist, who passed away yesterday.

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) pays tribute to Les Murray, the renowned SBS broadcaster, and football journalist, who passed away yesterday.

Les Murray, played a major role in the development of football in Australia and helped the ‘world game’ become one of the nation’s mainstream sports.

Les arrived in Australia as a young refugee from Hungary and committed himself to advocating for the rights of other migrants and refugees. He was courageous, passionate and outspoken in his call for protection and justice for refugees.

Known as “Mr Football”, Les Murray will be remembered as a great man who was an inspiration to Australians of all cultural and sporting backgrounds.

FECCA is the national peak body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  FECCA’s role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community.

Media contact: (0424) 910617 / emma@fecca.org.au