NSW Greens MP and spokesperson on multiculturalism Dr Mehreen Faruqi has called on the NSW government to appoint a Community Relations Commission chair who is committed to the spirit of the role, in light of Vic Alhadeff’s resignation.
“The role of the chair of the Community Relations Commission is to foster multiculturalism and cooperation. The government needs to appoint a Commission chair who has a real commitment to this, without conflict of interest.
“Objective 12C of the Commission is ‘the promotion of a cohesive and harmonious multicultural society with mutual respect for and understanding of cultural diversity’.
“Mr Alhadeff’s comments regarding the war in Gaza were insensitive and unacceptable. Multicultural communities across NSW deserve a Commission chair who will perform the role in the spirit of inclusiveness and peace.”
Published in Indian diaspora magazine, Sydney