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Recent media reports about the potential ‘divisiveness’ of ANZAC day commemorations in multicultural Australia are unwarranted, and focus on scaremongering rather than clear evidence.

"ANZAC Day is a day of national significance, and solemn reflection, for all Australians,” said Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) Chair, Mr Pino Migliorino, "and this includes Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities."

"In my experience, ethnic communities across Australia are highly respectful of the importance and spirit of ANZAC Day," Mr Migliorino said.

"Australia’s diverse community groups, seek to engage in ANZAC day activities wherever possible, and seek inclusion in ANZAC day activities."

"FECCA supports key multicultural agencies, including the Australian Multicultural Foundation and the Australian Multicultural Council, in their assertions that the recent media coverage is unbalanced and that targeting multiculturalism is not productive and is potentially harmful to social cohesion."

"FECCA encourages the Government to engage further with diverse community groups, including new and emerging community groups, to encourage meaningful participation in ANZAC day commemorations throughout Australia," Mr Migliorino concluded.

Media comments: FECCA Chair, Pino Migliorino 0411 137 700

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