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Australia Day 2007

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 26 Jan 2007

The values that John Howard proclaims as uniquely Australian – tolerance, respect for diversity and the right to a fair go – are values common to all humankind.

Australia Day 2007 is a good time to reflect on this tradition of tolerance that has stayed strong despite ten years of both major parties flirting with the politics of xenophobia.

"The Greens believe that half a century of multiculturalism is precisely the reason why the country has developed a strong culture of tolerance and respect for diversity," Senator Rachel Siewert said.

 "The Government is playing with fire when it exploits racial tensions for political purposes."

 "This Australia Day, let's celebrate the the majority of Australians who decisively reject the politics of fear."

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