Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW on the guidelines on issues relating to historical commemoration of events.

by Esther Lozano - Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW, established 1975, is the peak body representing multicultural community organisations in our state. One of its major objectives is to promote community harmony. 

We neither engage nor involve ourselves in divisive situations or events. We encourage dialogue and listen to community concerns and issues but always try to mediate in order to promote harmony and reconciliation. 

ECCNSW met with the Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance (ATAA) in late 2014. We listened to their concerns but never did we agree to support their proposals. Had we done so, it would have offended our core principles of always promoting harmony within the community.

We have never agreed to the guidelines on issues relating to historical commemoration of events, and we welcome their withdrawal. 

We appreciate Minister Dominello's swift action to request Multicultural NSW to conduct a review of the process by which the guidelines were originally developed.

"These guidelines are dead and buried. Now we need to get on with what is paramount to us, and that is community harmony. 

Sydney and indeed Australia went through very difficult and testing times after the Martin Place siege. The community showed enormous strength of purpose in coming together after this tragedy.  

Ultimately this display of unity showed Australia and the rest of the world how genuinely successful our harmonious multicultural community is in NSW. 

ECCNSW is looking forward to working with the Government, its departments and other community organisations in partnership with us, to build on our joint promotion of harmony across our State.  

We intend to work with Minister Dominello on these sensitive issues for the common good and indeed in this centenary year of ANZAC with the aim of bringing all Australians together.”  


Said Peter Doukas, Chair ECCNSW.