Community consultation sought for community harmony programs


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20.07.2015. Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka has today called for community submissions to the NSW Government’s Countering Violent Extremism Early Intervention Program.

The NSW Government is consulting widely on how the community can best protect our young people from violent extremist influences.

Mr Ajaka said that NSW prides itself on being a peaceful, harmonious, multicultural and multi-faith society.

“Last year after the tragic events at Martin Place the people of NSW showed the world how we respond to violence and terror with human kindness, compassion and multicultural unity,” Mr Ajaka said.

“New South Wales is home to people who have come from every corner of the world. Some have fled places of strife and conflict to find peace, security, hope and opportunity in this great State.

“When it comes to the safety of our family and the future of our children we must all work together and focus on what unites us.”

The NSW Government is engaging with the community to develop a program that will successfully build resilience, promote community harmony and social cohesion.

Written submissions from the community will help the NSW Government to identify the scope of the new program.

The closing date for submissions is 5pm Friday 14 August. The discussion paper and submission form can be downloaded from the Multicultural NSW website All submissions are to be submitted via email to

Submissions are made on a confidential basis and will be treated in accordance with Multicultural NSW’s privacy policy.

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