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On 8th April 1999, the Premier, the Honourable Bob Carr MP, announced he would assume the title of Minister for Citizenship and that the Ethnic Affairs Commission would be restructured as a Community Relations Commission.
This report outlines the work undertaken by the Ethnic Affairs Commission with the Romanian community in NSW to develop and implement community development strategies to address specific needs of the Romanian community.
The Ethnic Affairs Commission was delighted that so soon after his appointment to the highest judicial post in this state, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, His Honour Justice Spigelman agreed to deliver the second annual Ethnic Affairs Commission Oration. He is the first person of non-English speaking background to be appointed Chief Justice of New South Wales.
In September 1995, the Attorney General’s Department and the Ethic Affairs Commission of New South Wales jointly funded the Fairfield Community Access Project to research and implement strategies to improve access to justice for people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This project ran for a period of fifteen months at Fairfield Local Court, which is located in a Sydney Local Government Area (LGA) where over half of the residents were born overseas, representing over 130 countries of origin, and speaking over 60 different community languages.
In December 1997, the Federal Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs launched a National Multicultural Advisory Council (NMAC) discussion paper on multiculturalism.
The Ethnic Affairs Commission has long argued that the states, especially New South Wales, which settles the largest number of new migrants, must be involved in planning the migration intake and implementing the settlement processes.
The Annual Ethnic Affairs Commission Oration was created to contribute to intellectual debate on social issues in NSW and to provide a forum for discussion and debate on significant issues relating to ethnic affairs. The Commission also hopes the Oration will help to widen knowledge and support for issues relating to ethnic affairs to the mainstream of society.
The NSW Parliament gave unanimous support to a motion on 17 April 1997 to commemorate the Armenian Genocide and to honour the memory of the 1.5 million men, women and children who were victims of the first genocide in the 20th century.
This speech delivered on 24 April 1997 by the then Premier and Minister for Ethnic Affairs and the Arts, Bob Carr, on the occasion of the 82nd anniversary of the commencement of the genocide of the Armenians makes an important contribution to our knowledge in Australia of the horrors of such acts.
This Report outlines the work and the achievements of the Female Genital Mutilation Community Education Program of the Community Relations Commission which began in April, 1995 and concluded in November, 1996.
One of the important functions of the Community Relations Commission is to be a player in the public debate on issues affecting our culturally diverse society. This publication is a selection of speeches delivered by the Chairperson Stepan Kerkyasharian which should be of continuing value to anyone with an interest in the future development of our culturally diverse society.
This report of the Taskforce on Overseas Qualifications contains a NSW Public Employment Action Plan on Overseas Qualifications, Skills and Experience. The Action Plan is a coordinated NSW Government approach to improving the recognition and utilisation of overseas acquired qualifications and skills.
The Statements of Intent are a public commitment by NSW government agencies to the Charter of Principles for a Culturally Diverse Society and a guide to the practical steps that give life to those principles.
This document outlines the achievements of the NSW Government over the period 1988-1994 in the Ethnic Affairs area. This period marked an important cycle in the development of ethnic affairs in this State.
This first ever Ethnic Strategies Statement is a valuable new resource for all individuals and groups with an interest in ethnic affairs issues. It caps an enormous amount of policy groundwork undertaken by the Community Relations Commission and key Government agencies.
The Community Relations Commission has maintained ongoing contacts with many South Pacific Islander organisations, particularly through its community development grants program, meetings and visits, and community consultations to provide representatives of the various Islanders communities an opportunity to voice their concerns and to have some of these concerns addressed by relevant government departments.
The Oral Histories Project recorded the recollections of Australians from non-English-speaking backgrounds. It sought to allow the people who have usually been ignored in traditional accounts to give their versions of the past and the present.
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