ECCQ Submissions

February 17, 2017

Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration inquiry into migrant settlement outcomes

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 →

December 9, 2016

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.

February 15, 2016

Submission to the Multicultural Recognition Bill- Report

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 →

January 19, 2016

Submission to the Multicultural Recognition Bill – Transcript

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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May 1, 2014

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.

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October 30, 2013

The Queensland Plan

ECCQ is focused on a vision for Queensland where partnerships between the community, government and business sectors result in greater economic participation by everyone, including culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Click here to read ECCQ’s submission.

August 20, 2013

Second languages in Queensland schools: an investment in productivity and social cohesion

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.

March 8, 2013

Submission to the Queensland Mental Health Commission Bill 2012

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.

December 10, 2012

Submission to the Policy Statement: English as an additional language for dialect learners

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.

 

October 12, 2012

ECCQ Submission to the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry- September 2012

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.

May 24, 2012

Ending racism: a submission to the anti-racism strategy and partnership

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.

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November 1, 2011

Queensland Multicultural Recognition Bill

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.

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April 20, 2011

Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry

ECCQ provided input to this QCOSS submission, which also includes contributions from regional workers around Queensland.

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April 13, 2011

Possible Changes Associations Incorporation Act 1981 & Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999

This submission provides feedback on the series of issues raised in the Consultation Paper and the proposed changes designed to assist associations in their day-to-day operations.

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