A new heritage theme for 2013 has been unveiled to celebrate multicultural Australia by looking at the stories and contribution of migrants.
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Minister for Environment, Tony Burke joined the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy, to call on the community to bring forward nominations for national heritage places to go with the new theme.
Mr Burke said for every Australian the story of their family heritage was either the story of the first Australians or a story of the journey here.
“The national heritage list has many examples of indigenous heritage and many examples of our colonial history,” Mr Burke said.
“But I have never understood why we have been so slow to recognise the heritage of those families who have come to Australia in the many waves of immigration we have had subsequent to our colonial history.
“No matter what religion people are, no matter what part of the world they came from, whether they came here for job or whether they came fleeing persecution, their stories are part of Australia’s story.”
Mr Burke said the whole concept of the heritage list was to tell the story of Australia. “Only when the multicultural stories are added will the list truly tell the story of our nation,” he said.
Senator Lundy said Australia was a successful multicultural nation with more than seven million migrants successfully settling since the Second World War.
“Australia’s multicultural story is an important part of our national history,” Senator Lundy said.
“I encourage Australians to nominate places that capture the contributions of migrants so their legacy can continue for future generations.”
More information is available from this PS News link and nominations close 15 March.
Edition 349, 19 February 2013