Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

20 March 2017

Sarah Courtney, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier

Celebrating our diversity

Harmony Day is a great way to celebrate cultural diversity and to promote the message ‘everyone belongs’.

Every day Tasmania benefits from the skills, knowledge, experiences, innovation, job creation and personal contributions of our culturally diverse communities.

Multicultural communities enhance our connections to the rest of the world, and help promote Tasmania as a great place to visit, invest, work and raise a family.

We aims to foster an inclusive, cohesive and open society which is why the Tasmanian Liberal Government supports Harmony Week (20-26 March), a program of events across the state run by the Multicultural Council of Tasmania.

We are also developing and building on initiatives to support and boost our migrant population, like our $200,000 commitment to extend settlement services to migrants and to create more opportunities for migrants to gain work experience.

Tasmania today has a dynamic and vibrant society with a great diversity of cultures, languages and religions.

It is home to residents from 170 countries with more than 120 languages spoken in Tasmanian homes representing 24 religious faiths.

I encourage Tasmanians to wear orange—the theme colour of Harmony Day— and take the opportunity to celebrate the harmony and diversity of our home state.

Harmony Week runs from 20-26 March 2017. For more information visit www.harmonytasmania.com

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