With Courage Let Us All Combine

I am 87 years old and within my lifetime a marvellous thing has happened to my country. It has become a multicultural nation. The migrant people who have come to my country, many of them refugees escaping pain beyond my experience or comprehension, have brought with them the gifts and talents they needed to make new lives in a foreign country. Soon it was no longer a foreign country. It was their home, their country, a place where they were welcome and secure. They became its citizens in a ceremony which affirmed their welcome. They adopted, sometimes easily and quickly, sometimes with difficulty and slowly, the lifestyle of their new country. They enriched it by their culture and willingness to work towards a future filled with hope and happiness. They built strong bonds with us and helped us to reshape the values not only of our nation but of our common humanity.

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Refugee Week in Shepparton

refugeeweekRefugee Week runs from Sunday, 18 June to Saturday, 24 June, 2017. To contribute to Refugee Week, the Shepparton Interfaith Network in collaboration with GOTAFE Multicultural Education Centre gave a seminar and discussion on Australia’s Migration and Australia’s Welcome at the Harder Auditorium on Tuesday 20 June. Particpants responded enthusiastically.

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