Letter Published In The Herald Sun 7 February 2008

Sam Afra, Chairman, ECCV

Focussing on the views of residents of one suburb (Migrant Mix Not Right, 5/2/08) may not reflect the wider Victorian community which generally supports cultural diversity. Some individual areas may also attract people who prefer to live among people from more established backgrounds. Recent VicHealth research with a broader representative sample found that 89% of Victorians think cultural diversity is a good thing. In that research only a minority of Victorians oppose cultural diversity. More can always be done to increase English language teaching and employment and training opportunities for new migrants but Victoria has a proud history of settling people from different backgrounds successfully and harmoniously. Our cultural diversity enriches us socially, culturally and economically. When reading the Monash University people should also consider the VicHealth report

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