Mount Lawley College of Advanced Education
Place of Publication
Mount Lawley, Western Australia
It is only in the last four or five years that an observable effort has been made to extend the growing awareness within the community that Australia's population is clearly multicultural in composition. Despite this, most of the political, economic and social structures and organisations in the community do not adequately reflect or cater for the variety of people of different ethnic origins and identities.
While this increasing awareness in individuals is encouraging, it has been evident that the focus of discussions, conferences and gatherings to date, in Western Australia at least, has been rather narrow. Some have concentrated on issues relating to migrants, and others to Aborigines, but none have adopted the real multicultural concern which they espouse. Any approach which does give significant coverage of both migrant and Aboriginal perspectives and experiences is guilty of the same type of monoculturalism (although a little more comprehensive) which the multicultural viewpoint is trying to overcome...