17 December 2008

AFL boss to head the Multicultural Advisory Council

Australian Football League (AFL) chief executive Andrew Demetriou has been appointed chairperson of the Multicultural Advisory Council for the Federal Government, reports ABC News.

The 16-member council includes representatives from Australian immigration bodies and multicultural organisations, and, under the influence of the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Evans, will have a focus on Australian immigration and cultural diversity.

"Australia continues to rely on immigration as one way to address current and future skill shortages.  The Government considers Australia's approach to immigration and cultural diversity to be a national strength," he said.

"The new council will advise the Government on practical approaches to promoting social cohesion, the engagement of migrants in Australian society, overcoming racism and intolerance, and communicating to the public on this complex social policy area."

Mr Demetriou is the son of Australian immigrants and has been chairperson of the AFL since 2003.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with emigrating to Australia.

Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

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