Council speaks out against hatred

Friday, 20 July 2018

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said:

“As there are controversial speakers with extreme views scheduled to present in Melbourne today, Moonee Valley City Council wants to reinforce that we do not support any group that incites hatred and we will not remain silent in the face of any racist, offensive or disrespectful material.

“At a time when tensions may be high across Melbourne, we want to remind people of the good things happening in Moonee Valley, and the enormous contribution of cultural diversity to our community.

“Earlier this year Council stood up for its culturally diverse community by endorsing a statement against racism and discrimination.

“Our Stand Together and Support Diversity Statement acknowledges Moonee Valley is home to a range of cultural backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities and languages that all contribute to our thriving community.

“I think we can all acknowledge that this diversity is what gives Moonee Valley such great strength and vibrancy. More than a quarter of our residents were born overseas from a mix of more than 100 countries, and a third of all Moonee Valley residents speak a language other than English at home.

“Unfortunately, we have to acknowledge that racism and discrimination are still realities faced by some of our residents. We see this as both a human rights issue and a safety issue as the hatred this material creates has a tangible impact on the wellbeing and safety of our community.

“We are in a unique position to speak out because of our city’s own recent experience in December last year, where racist talks and subsequent demonstrations in Flemington had a detrimental effect on our residents.

“As such, we ask our community to stand together against racism and discrimination. As a Council we welcome people from all over the world, and acknowledge the fundamental role they play in making Moonee Valley the amazing place it is today.”

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