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    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    $4.5 million funding boost for Multicultural Affairs

    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Thursday, February 08, 2018

    $4.5 million funding boost for Multicultural Affairs

    Multicultural Affairs funding will receive a $4.5 million boost over the next two years as the Palaszczuk Government works to create a more inclusive and welcoming Queensland.

    Minister for Multicultural Affairs Stirling Hinchliffe announced the funding today while Chairing the Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council meeting for the first time.

    Mr Hinchliffe said $4.5 million in funding for the Community Action for a Multicultural Society (CAMS) program is now locked in to 30 June 2020, delivering certainty for the 19 existing CAMS organisations.

    “CAMS is a great program that connects individuals and communities throughout Queensland, while promoting harmony and inclusion,” he said.

    “Organisations funded by CAMS play an important leadership role in promoting and bringing to life the principles of the Multicultural Queensland Charter.

    “Whether its delivering workshops on Australia’s systems and way of life or funding multimedia artwork exhibitions, CAMS delivers great results for Queenslanders from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

    “And with 15 of the 19 organisations receiving CAMS funding based outside Brisbane, it’s great to see regional Queensland benefiting from this important program.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said the Palaszczuk Government’s support for Multicultural Affairs funding stood in marked contrast to the approach of the former LNP government.

    “The LNP government of which Deb Frecklington was a member took an axe to Multicultural Affairs Queensland, cutting its budget from $8 million in 2011-12 under the previous Labor government to just $4.8 million in 2012-13,” he said.

    “If they’d had their way, the LNP would have just left CAMS to whither on the vine – they had no plans to continue funding it after 2015.

    “The Palaszczuk Government will continue to support this program because we know it delivers great results.”

    For more information visit https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/multicultural/programs-initiatives/community-action-multicultural-society-cams-program

    Media contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548