ECCV has welcomed two new Ambassadors to its All One Together Anti-racism campaign – the City of Port Phillip and leading national law firm, Moray & Agnew.
Announced during Cultural Diversity Week, the new partnerships continue ECCV’s anti-racism work with companies and community organisations through the All One Together alliance.
Port Phillip CEO Peter Smith said becoming an ambassador for the All One Together campaign was an important move for the organisation.
“Port Phillip Council has a long history of inclusion and celebration of diversity, and while we are pleased with the work we have done, we recognise there is still some way to go and we look forward to rising to the challenge,” Mr Smith said.
Moray & Agnew Managing Partner, Bill Papastergiadis OAM said a strong sense of social responsibility underpinned the law firm’s approach, with many of the firm’s partners involved with community organisations that work with diverse ethnic groups.
“We’re proud to join the ECCV as a Campaign Ambassador on this important All One Together campaign to reinforce our proactive stance against racism and discrimination and our focus on promoting positive actions in our workplace and beyond,” Mr Papastergiadis said. “There should be no place for any forms of discrimination or racism in our community or at any workplace.”
Launched in December 2019, the All One Together campaign has provided a collaborative platform for business, local governments, and not-for-profit organisations and community groups to innovate and take positive actions to tackle racism.
ECCV Chairperson Eddie Micallef said All One Together aims to strengthen the foundations of our community, ensuring that Victoria is an inclusive, socially cohesive, safe and vibrant place for all of us to thrive together.
“We look forward to working with Port Phillip Council and Moray and Agnew as we build a coalition of institutions and individuals that will collaborate across sectors and facilitate a Victoria-wide anti-racism response,” Mr Micallef said.
“This is a critical time to be having these discussions and we commend the State Government on its
recent announcement of $3.8 million for Local Anti-Racism Initiatives to support programs and initiatives that empower local communities to tackle racism, promote understanding, inclusion and social cohesion.
“The Victorian government has taken a leadership role in preparing to develop a whole of government Anti-racism strategy that involves First Nations and other diverse communities, but national leadership remains lagging on this critical issue.”
Mr Micallef welcomed Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan’s plan to establish a National Anti-Racism Framework and said ECCV supported his call for a national anti-discrimination strategy.
Read the Statement from Moray & Agnew Managing Partner, Bill Papastergiadis.
Read the Statement by City of Port Phillip CEO, Smith.