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Meeting with the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Hon. Stirling Hinchliffe



Meeting with the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Hon. Stirling Hinchliffe

Consul Napolitano met today at William Street n.1 with the Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs, Hon. Stirling Hinchliffe.

Minister Hinchliffe and Consul Napolitano emphasized that multiculturalism is a very effective instrument of integration as well as an antidote to exclusion and violence.

Minister Hinchliffe underlined the contribution of the Italian community to the foundation and development of Queensland, mentioning the presence of many young Italians who continue to choose the Australian state as their destination. The Minister expressed his satisfaction with the decision to expand the premises of the Consulate, located at George Street 199 and acknowledged it as a further evidence of attention by the Italian Authorities towards Queensland.

The Italian community in Queensland has nearly 20,000 members registered, as well as many temporary residents. Around 25,000 Italians visit Queensland yearly, and about 1600 Italian students enrolled in schools and universities across Queensland.

Napolitano presented the projects already programmed for this year, that will include cultural events such as concerts of jazz (May) and classical music (September), the Italian Language Week (October), the Italian Cuisine Week (November), an exhibition on life during the First World War in Italy (early November). Napolitano also announced his scheduled missions to Mackay (May), Gold Coast (June) and Ingham (August) that Minister Hinchliffe declared eager to facilitate on behalf of the Queensland Government.

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