- Title Pages
- List of figures and tables
- Contributor biographies
- One Towards a new progressive policy agenda
- Two Neoliberalism, the culture wars and public policy
- Three Macroeconomic policy after the Global Financial Crisis
- Four Putting together work and care in Australia: time for a new settlement?
- Five Welfare reform
- Six ‘Choice’ and ‘fairness’: the hollow core in industrial relations policy
- Seven Indigenous policy: Canberra consensus on a neoliberal project of improvement
- Eight Culture and diversity
- Nine The business of care: Australia’s experiment with the marketisation of childcare
- Ten Mixed messages in the new politics of education
- Eleven The accidental logic of health policy in Australia
- Twelve Loose moorings: debate and directions in Australian housing policy
- Thirteen Population policy
- Fourteen Australian cities: in pursuit of a national urban policy
- Fifteen Natural resource management: steering not rowing against the current in the Murray-Darling Basin
- Sixteen International perspectives: low carbon urban Australia in a time of transition
- Seventeen Politics and government
- Eighteen Federalism and intergovernmental relations
- Nineteen Citizen engagement in Australian policy making
- Twenty On escaping neoliberalism: concluding reflections
Culture and diversity
Culture and diversity
- (p.133) Eight Culture and diversity
- Australian public policy
- Policy Press
Many observers now claim that in Australia, as elsewhere, multiculturalism is in retreat. Perhaps it would be truer to say that the opposition to multiculturalism is more insistent and articulate now than it was in the past. This chapter considers the arguments for and against multiculturalism with especial reference to Australia, leaning ultimately towards a qualified defence. It is important, first, to clarify and answer some salient issues of definition. This will lead to an examination of some questions of philosophical justification. How multiculturalism is justified will, in turn, determine what kind of multiculturalism is being talked about. With these understandings in place, the chapter reviews a selection of standard objections to multiculturalism, and offers some responses.
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