Big picture path to harmony: MP

Mr Goodenough, who is the member for Moore, spoke about the topic in Parliament earlier this month to encourage multicultural harmony.

‘Multiculturalism and reconciliation are two-way streets,’ he said. ‘There has to be a degree of flexibility ” of give and take, of resilience and goodwill.

‘It does not matter how long one has been in Australia or from which country one has come from. What matters is what we do in Australia ” our accomplishments, our achievements and our contribution to Australian society.’

Mr Goodenough said in the current political climate, politicians had to be careful not to generalise or stereotype particular ethnic groups or religions as being solely associated with terrorism.

‘As representatives of our community we have a duty to speak out against fundamentalism, extremism and criminality in all their forms,’ he said.

‘Australia’s immigration system has traditionally welcomed people from across the globe into our multi-cultural community over the years.

‘In return, our society is entitled to expect that when migrants arrive to our country that they will adopt a positive attitude and make a constructive contribution to their new homeland.

‘Above all, society expects that they will be civic-minded, loyal and patriotic to Australia and to their fellow Australians.

‘The majority of immigrants have indeed settled and become good citizens, which is testament to our immigration system and our multi-cultural society.’

The MP said some enclaves had failed to integrate and adopted hostile, anti-social and radical attitudes.

He said government had to protect the country and select immigrants who were committed to integration and would become ‘good Australian citizens.’

‘We will not allow global terrorists to scare us into a state of fear that allows prejudice to unravel the social cohesion in our mainstream communities,’ he said. ‘Neither will we allow zealots and fundamentalists to disrupt the fabric of our Australian society.’