Melbourne: The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) and the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) paid tribute to ECCV Patron, The Right Hon. Malcolm Fraser AC, CH, and former Prime Minister of Australia, who passed away on March 20.
ECCV chairperson Eddie Micallef said the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria Board, staff and Victorian members were deeply saddened by the passing of Fraser.
“Australia has lost a great leader, ambassador and upholder of human rights. ECCV and the wider community has lost a great voice of multiculturalism,” Micallef said.
“In 2011 ECCV was privileged to have such an eminent person as a Patron for our council. He has been a great and formidable supporter of immigration.”
Micallef said that Malcolm Fraser, among the many issues he chose to be involved in over a long period of community service, was always a passionate advocate of multiculturalism.
“He was a passionate public spokesperson on issues around the recognition of the rights of Australians from culturally diverse backgrounds, was a great statesman, and Victoria’s multicultural population benefited significantly from his wisdom and humanity.
“He was one of the leaders who inspired Australians about the benefits of multiculturalism to our economic, political and social lives and continually emphasised the importance of respecting cultural diversity in our society.
“At this sad time we remember and celebrate a significant part of his legacy, that Malcolm Fraser made sure Australia’s policy of multiculturalism was further developed following the work of the previous Whitlam government.”