Concerns over Australian Multicultural Council Appointments

Labor is concerned with the recent appointments made by the Abbott Government to the Australian Multicultural Council (AMC) and the manner in which the appointments were made.

MICHELLE ROWLAND MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIZENSHIP AND MULTICULTURALISM

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS

MEMBER FOR GREENWAY

 

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CONCERNS OVER AUSTRALIAN MULTICULTURAL COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS

 

Labor is concerned with the recent appointments made by the Abbott Government to the Australian Multicultural Council (AMC) and the manner in which the appointments were made.

 

After leaving the AMC without any members for six months, the former Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews and his Parliamentary Secretary, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells announced six new members to the Council just days before Christmas.

 

The selection process appears to lack transparency with reportedly no public call for expressions of interest.

 

As well as serious questions surrounding probity, some of the recent appointees reportedly have close ties with the Liberal Party, with at least one new member closely linked to Liberal fundraising body, the Multicultural Liberal Business Club.

 

New Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison has some serious questions to answer regarding these appointments to the AMC.

 

The AMC is supposed to be an independent body which can provide frank and fearless advice to government on issues surrounding multicultural policy and social cohesion.

 

At a time when social cohesion is so important, independent and informed advice is vital.

 

The Liberal Party seems committed to trashing the integrity of the AMC and using it as vehicle to reward Liberal mates.

 

Labor will be lodging questions to Minister Morrison on the selection process, links with the Liberal Party and the functioning of the AMC.

 

SUNDAY, 25 JANUARY 2015

 

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