Judi Moylan says Welcome to Australia
Posted on Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Hon Judi Moylan MP joined politicians from across the political divide today to promote positive community attitudes to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Australia.
In a bi-partisan initiative, Mrs Moylan, Federal Member for Pearce, joined Member for Hindmarsh, Steve Georganas and Senator for South Australia, Sarah Hanson-Young as Ambassadors for Welcome to Australia, a new not-for-profit group which is cultivating a culture of welcome for all new arrivals in Australia.
The „One Million Welcomers‟ campaign is an online campaign to raise awareness and support for the movement.
Mrs Moylan said she was honoured to be a part of this new initiative.
"The heartbreak and the terror of fleeing one‟s homeland for a place with different customs, language and religion take great courage," she said.
"Most Australians understand the need to offer safe sanctuary and a warm welcome to refugees. Each of us has a duty to impress upon our leaders the imperative to de-politicise the public conversation about refugees and to work constructively to uphold the founding principles of a humanitarian society.
"The value of human life and the preservation of human dignity must form the foundation of policy making."
This evening, Andrew MacLeod, CEO of the Committee for Melbourne and Foundation Chair of the United Nations Global Compact Principles for Social Investment, will deliver a speech on asylum seeker policy entitled „Australia's refugee policy: a mix of carrots and sticks needed‟.