Coronavirus tops agenda at multicultural affairs forum

Published:

Coronavirus was at the top of the agenda at the inaugural Ministerial Forum on Multicultural Affairs held in Brisbane today (Friday 13 March).

Queensland Multicultural Affairs Minister Stirling Hinchliffe hosted the forum and said the meeting focused on six key issues, including COVID-19.

“There have been some very serious issues raised around coronavirus that were addressed at today’s forum,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“At the top of the list was how to best make sure that everyone had access to up-to-date health and travel information.

“There was also the concerning issue of racist attacks on people and communities in the media spotlight because of the disease.”

The historic meeting was attended by ministers and senior officials from the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland.

Mr Hinchliffe said other issues discussed included regional settlement for migrants and refugees, social inclusion, employment, languages services and gaps in services for asylum seekers.

“It was also noted that these issues cross state and territory borders and at a time when national leadership was most needed,so it was disappointing that the Morrison government chose not to be represented,” he said.

 “It’s important that multicultural ministers from across Australia work together to share information, but that needs to happen under overarching leadership from the Federal Government.

“As states and territories, we have a great deal in common but we also have different viewpoints, so today’s gathering gave us the perfect opportunity to share our ideas and experiences.

“By taking a collaborative approach, we can look to make a real difference for all Australians and in particular those from culturally diverse backgrounds, who are also among our most vulnerable residents.”

www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/ministerial-forum-for-multicultural-affairs

Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

 
Community Health & Wellness Indigenous & Heritage Law & Safety Political Queensland Government
Social:   

Stirling Hinchliffe MP : Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs :
PO Box 15009, CITY EAST QLD 4002, Brisbane
7 3719 7560
Stirling Hinchliffe MP : Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Voters hit the polls early as Queensland continues to turn out for council elections 23 March 2020 | Voting continues in Queensland as booths and stations open in the final week of early polling for the 2020 local government elections. More information...
Canvassing ‘prohibited’ for candidates and campaigners at council elections 21 March 2020 | In a bid to reduce the number of people at polling booths, candidates and their campaigners have been directed by the Electoral Commission of Queensland to not canvass outside polling places altogether. More information...
Hands off how-to-vote cards 20 March 2020 | Candidates and their helpers in Queensland’s local government elections have been directed to stop handing out how-to-vote cards. More information...
Unique measures create flexibility during local government elections 19 March 2020 | In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, Queensland now has new laws to maximise public safety, minimise public health risks and maintain democratic processes for upcoming local government elections. More information...
Polls open for local government elections 17 March 2020 | Queensland voters are hitting the polls early in a move that has been welcomed by Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe. More information...
Coronavirus tops agenda at multicultural affairs forum 13 March 2020 | At the top of the list was how to best make sure that everyone had access to up-to-date health and travel information. More information...
Regional Queensland to become even more welcoming for migrants 04 March 2020 | Helping regional councils create welcoming communities for refugees and migrants is the aim of a set of guidelines officially launched by Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe. More information...
New Councillor Conduct Tribunal members appointed 21 February 2020 | A wealth of legal and investigative experience has been appointed to sit on Queensland’s Councillor Conduct Tribunal, the independent body charged with handling complaints of misconduct by councillors. More information...
Works for Queensland bowls over Gympie with hundreds of jobs 14 December 2019 | Gympie sport lovers can now enjoy their competition day and night, after the official opening of the revitalised Albert Park and One Mile sport precinct, funded with $2.19 million from the 2017-19 Works for... More information...
Ethnic radio broadcasters are leading the way 30 November 2019 | Radio broadcasters, managers and volunteers representing ethnic radio stations from across Australia gathered in Brisbane today for their annual national conference. More information...


comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service