ECCQ welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on changes to the citizenship test and application process. This submission focuses on the following new requirements: increasing the general residency requirement, introducing an English language test, strengthening the test for Australian citizenship and introducing a requirement for applicants to demonstrate their integration into the Australian community. Read the submission here.
ECCQ welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration regarding the inquiry into strengthening multiculturalism. Continue reading →
People who have arrived in Australia as refugees or asylum seekers have survived adversity and, often, great suffering. These individuals have proven to be incredibly resilient and adaptable and demonstrate a willingness to “give back”. Despite high levels of motivation, settlement is complex and cannot be achieved with a blueprint process that can be applied to all individuals or all communities. Every individual will experience settlement differently and may have different understandings of the settlement process. Continue reading →
Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights on the inquiry into the freedom of speech
ECCQ is calling on the Australian Government to maintain the current protections in the Racial Discrimination Act under 18C. Section 18C provides important protection against racially motivated attacks, including hate speech, against members of Australia’s migrant, refugee and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Read the complete submission here.
Cancer screening education: can it change knowledge and attitudes among culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Queensland, Australia?
Screening for cancer of the cervix, breast and bowel can reduce morbidity and mortality.
ECCQ was represented by CEO Garry Page who appeared before a Queensland parliamentary committee (the Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee), reviewing and considering the Multicultural Recognition Bill. Continue reading →
On Monday 18 January, ECCQ was represented by CEO Garry Page who appeared before a Queensland parliamentary committee (the Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee), reviewing and considering the Multicultural Recognition Bill.
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Submission to the Honourable Senator George Brandis, Attorney- General on the proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975
ECCQ urges the Federal Government to consider the likely impact of the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act on the perception of the whole community, but especially those who are most vulnerable, concerning their own safety and the future harmony of Australian society in general. Those who responded to ECCQ’s survey, indicated their concerns about the proposed changes to the racial Discrimination Act 1975 because they feared a loss of protection and a potential increase in racial smear and divisive commentary. Read the submission here.
ECCQ is calling on the Queensland State Government to maintain second language acquisition programs in state primary schools. Queensland is home to people from over 200 cultures and over 20% of the population was born outside of Australia – that is an incredible asset on which to build future productivity and capacity in today’s global economy. Read the complete submission here.
ECCQ’s submission to the Mental Health Commission Bill includes support for the development of the Queensland Mental Health Commission to drive ongoing reform and move towards more integrated, evidence based, recovery oriented mental health and substance misuse system. In particular, ECCQ supports the development of a whole of government strategic plan and provisions relating to monitoring, reviewing and reporting on issues affecting people with a mental health or substance misuse issue, their families, carers and support persons. Click here to read the submission.
The acquisition of English as an additional language is a critical success factor in settlement. Policy settings that best support students will be a long term investment in their wellbeing and in the productivity of the State. This submission to Education Queensland includes valued input from the Queensland Multicultural Youth Settlement Action Network which is a partnership between the Multicultural Development Association and ACCESS Inc., as well as input from Centacare Cairns, and the Multicultural Communities Council of the Gold Coast. The contributions from QMYSAN are from teachers, youth workers and counsellors working directly with ESL delivery in schools, as well as settlement providers engage with families and young people every day.
Gail Slocombe, ECCQ Child Policy Officer, developed a submission to the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry in consultation with the members of the multi-agency Multicultural Child Protection Working Group. This submission looks at issues within the current Child Protection system which significantly impact culturally and linguistically diverse families and their children.
ECCQ addresses four thematic areas as examples where racism is an issue, highlighting impacts and possible solutions. This is not exhaustive and only intended to illustrate in some key areas of concern the issues and opportunities to address racism: employment, community relations, education and housing.
The work undertaken by the Queensland State Government towards the Multicultural Policy Review is an important foundation for strengthening multiculturalism in Queensland. The following proposals build on ECCQ’s earlier submission to this review.