The Australian Citizenship program
The program was held on Thursday, 9 November 2006 and commenced at 1:00pm, at USQ Toowoomba. The focus for discussion was the concept of Australian citizenship in the light of a newly published Federal Government discussion paper 'Australian Citizenship: Much more than a ceremony' (September 2006).
Who was involved
The program involved representatives from government, religious groups, academia, community organisations, ethnic groups and the general public, with the aim of discussing Australian citizenship in general and with a focus upon the merits of introducing a formal citizenship test. Speakers and guests included:
Dr Krzysztof Batorowicz, Director, USQ Multicultural Centre
Professor Don McMillen, USQ (Concept of citizenship: Global context)
Ms Renelle Foster, Assistant Secretary, Citizenship Task Force
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
, (background information to the discussion paper 'Australian Citizenship: Much more than a ceremony')
Mr Uri Themal, Consultant, (migrant's perspective)
Mr Narayan Gopalkrishnan, Director, Centre for Multicultural and Community Development University of the Sunshine Coast, (Voices from the Community: a public meeting in Brisbane)
For more information, contact William Conwell, Manager, Multicultural Centre.