Multicultural Council of Tasmania News June 2016
News and Events

Journey to Recognition - Follow the Journey to Tasmania
While the formal process towards a referendum continues via the Referendum Council, RECOGNISE has been engaging with communities all over Australia about constitutional recognition. More than 295,000 Australians have signed up to support the RECOGNISE movement. 
Since 26 May 2013, the RECOGNISE Journey to Recognition relay has been on the road for 344 days, and has travelled throughout Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland, Torres Strait Islands and parts of New South Wales. More than 344 events and meetings have been hosted in over 260 communities, engaging more than 26,56 people and covering more than 35,833 kilometres. These numbers will continue to rise as the Journey prepares to make its way to Tasmania from 14 June 2016.
For more information about the Journey to Recognition visit

Seeking expressions of interest for a 'Cultural Connect Day in Hamilton'

The Anglican Parish of Hamilton is seeking interest from culturally and linguistically diverse community groups to participate in a cultural connect day in Hamilton. This is a fantastic opportunity to reach out to communities outside of our main cities and showcase culture through workshops, displays or performances. Any ideas welcome!

The event will be held on Saturday 10th September. To express interest please contact Jannie Fahey, Event Coordinator, at

Multicultural policy forum puts big issues into the federal election conversation

The Multicultural Council of Tasmania organised a forum in Hobart for community members to hear from federal election candidates and ask questions on the issues that are concerning them. The moderator for the evening was Matt Smith from The Mercury.

We were really pleased with the wide range of issues and concerns raised by members of the community through their questions. The following issues and questions provides an good idea of the kind of issues on the mind of Multicultural Council members during this election campaign.

  • Concern was raised about eligibility for a disability allowance and tightening the definitions of what is defined as a disability. It was also of concern that Centrelink staff rather than medical specialists were making the decision on who gets a disability allowance and the difficulties people are having in accessing Centrelink because of language barriers.
  • It was raised that people are struggling with Medicare and that there are there so few bulk billing GPs in Tasmania when compared to bulk billing services on the mainland.
  • One questioner said that people are changing their children's names to anglicise it so they can get jobs, with concern that much more needed to be done to improve equal opportunity and reduce racism in Tasmania.
  • A number of people raised concern that skilled migrants and international students struggle to get assistance to improve their English and guidance for getting employment in Australia. There was a call for more support more programs to help skilled migrants to get good employment and to assist their settlement.
  •  A number of people spoke about the lack of workplace diversity in Tasmania and felt much more needed to be done to change the culture and assist migrants to get work in Tasmania and to help new residents start small businesses.
  • Candidates were challenged on the ongoing offshore detention of asylum seekers and asked if they were comfortable in keeping women and children in detention in terrible conditions on Manus Island and Nauru as a deterrent to people smugglers?

Many other issues were raised including promoting multiculturalism from sport to better funding the Multicultural Council so that it can be be more able to bring community issues to decision-makers. We thank all of those who attended for their interest in taking an interest in national policy discussions on behalf of their communities.
We also thanks Andrew Wilkie MP and Senator Nick McKim for attending and providing their responses to a big range of questions. We thank Senator David Bushby and Jane Austin for their statements provided to the forum and were sorry that they were unable to attend because of a decision to suspend all campaigning due to the floods.

Tamar Peace Festival in July 
This is the second year of the Peace Festival and it will take place in Launceston on and around 29-31 July 2016. Over 50 local organisations and groups participated in the 2015 Festival and attracted direct participation by over 7000 people.  It was that amazing response that has driven the Trust to make the Festival a regular winter event for Launceston .

The concept of the Peace Trust was initiated by long-time peace activist Mrs Jean Hearn.  Jean, now in her mid-nineties, was inspired by the late Tasmanian Governor Peter Underwood’s 2014 Anzac Day address where he issued a challenge to all Tasmanians to “actively strive for peace on a daily basis and learn ways of resolving conflict without violence”. He challenged us, in remembrance of all those who died or were damaged in war, to “do something, to learn how to create peace”.
Peace, in this context, is not only about the conflict of wars: it is about our behaviour as citizens of local communities and global societies.  It relates to the conflict and violence in our homes, workplaces and on our streets, and it is also about celebrating diversity.
In the spirit of creating a time and place to ‘learn peace’, the Launceston and Tamar community will once again come together for a three-day festival. The Festival will celebrate the roles of art, diversity, education and sport in building community cohesion and goodwill between people.

How to get involved

Festival participation does not need to be about creating work or spending money.  It can be about the rich diversity in our community overlaying a theme of peace onto existing activities, from the simple concept of a Peace Wall - that encourages "Peace Begins with Me" promises,  peace assemblies, books of peace on display in the school library to discussing peace in class.


Voting is Different this Federal Election
The Australian Electoral Commission has provided information on how to vote in many languages. To find out more about how to vote this election in languages other than English, visit A telephone interpreter service and easy English guides can also be accessed from this page.

Become a Community Correspondent with 936 ABC Hobart!
936 ABC Hobart radio are on the look out for people who would like to become a Community Correspondent.
Does this sound like you? Or someone you know? 

ABC are keen to hear stories from the community and work with people who would like to regularly capture audio about things that matter to them that will then be played out on the radio. You do not have to be a professional, but someone who is passionate about their community, love to tell stories and is interested in doing that on the radio.
936 ABC Hobart will provide training – all you will need is a recording device, like a smart phone, and a computer and access to the internet. To fill in an application form online and for more information visit -
Train the Trainer - Community Awareness and Resilience 
Earlier this month Lucie Cutting, the Administration Officer for the Multicultural Council of Tasmania, attended training developed by the Australian Multicultural Foundation on building resilience in the community through community awareness.  

The training provided the opportunity for Lucie to develop skills in training others on building community cohesion, debunking myths and misconceptions about people in the community and the skills to understand and prevent anti-social behavior. If you are interested in hearing more about this training or how it can be used to assist communities please contact the Multicultural Council of tasmania on
Events in June
Philippine Independence Day celebrations
Saturday June 11th from 11 am.
Cost $25 per person or $75 for a family
Includes all you can eat buffet and entertainment. Drinks available at cost price.
For more information please contact the Mariposa Filipino Cultural Dance Group on 0487 432 535

'Meet the Candidate' Event in Launceston
Join Multicultural Council of Tasmania for a Meet the Candidate event. Meet and hear from candidates running in the election and ask them about issues of concern to our culturally and linguistically diverse communities. 
Thursday 16th June, 5.30 - 7 pm.
MRC Hall, 21 Haig st, Mowbray
For more information email Lucie Cutting
Screening of Freedom Stories
Join Multicultural Council of Tasmania and the Red Cross for a screening of Freedom Stories, a documentary following the lives of former refugees.
This is a free event, with supper provided afterward.
Friday 24th June, 6 pm - 9 pm
Hopkins Street Centre 
65 Hopkins Street, Moonah

Supported by:
Red Rope Project opening night
Portraits of Tasmanian women
Catch the first night of a new exhibition paying tribute to mothers and women who, despite all odds, are here with us today. 
Opens Saturday 18th June, 6 pm
Moonah Arts Centre
23 - 27 Albert Road, Moonah

Lanterns for Peace
Make and launch a paper lantern in celebration of Refugee Week 2016.
This is a free event and all materials will be provided. The most creative design will win a prize!
Saturday 25th June, 4 - 5.30 pm
Cornelian Bay Foreshore, Newtown

This is a joint event by Red Cross and Multicultural Council. Thank you to Hobart City Council for their support in holding this event. 

Food Not Bombs - Hobart
Drop by Frankies Empire Coffee House and share a free vegan meal with locals!
Meals are served weekly -
4.30 - 6.30 pm every Saturday. 
129 Elizabeth st, Hobart
For more information visit: 
Food Not Bombs Facebook Page

  • The Rotary Club of North Hobart hold a weekly Sunday Community Market at  71 Letitia st, North Hobart from 10 am - 2 pm. They are seeking interest from community members who would like to perform for free on their stage! For more information on performers, the market or to book a stall visit their Facebook page or email
  • The theme for this years Seniors Week is cultural diversity! The Council of Ageing (COTA) is currently seeking expressions of interest for events to be held during Seniors Week.
    For more information or to submit an event contact COTA on  (03) 6231 3265 or visit their website at
  • Nominations for the National Disability Awards are now open! Head to to nominate someone in your community improving participation for people with a disability, who upholds rights and is inclusive.
If you are interested in supporting MCOT please go to our website

We welcome  contributions to this monthly newsletter. The deadline for our June edition is Friday 24th June. Please email your news or events to Lucie on

Contact Details:
GPO Box 798, Hobart 7001
Office Hours:
Tue-Fri, 9 am - 2 pm