Awards show Australians embrace multiculturalism

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A GROUP of committed organisations and individuals have been honoured in The 2014 Migration and Settlement Awards, presented in Canberra on Wednesday.

Lifetime Achievement Awardee, Joseph Assaf
Lifetime Achievement Awardee, Joseph Assaf

The multinational hotel group, Accor, Netball in Australia and the Family Court are among the winners of the nation’s top migration awards.

A case worker helping victims of slavery and a man who pioneered communicating with culturally diverse communities were also honoured in the awards ceremony held, by the Migration Council of Australia at Parliament house in Canberra yesterday, Wednesday, March 26.

The chief executive of the MCA, Carla Wilshire, said that in her view, the quality of the winners and the strength of the list of finalists showed that Australians were “increasingly embracing multiculturalism in recognising the importance and value of migration.” She cited the quality and reach of the shortlisted finalists across both geographical and industry sectors, suggesting that diversity too is becoming more relevant to individuals and organisations in Australia.

The winners were selected by an independent judging panel, which comprised Dr Hass Dellal, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, Jane Kennedy, Naomi Milgrom and Andrew O’Keefe.

The full list of awardees is below.

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