Bill Shorten

, Former Leader of Opposition

It is with great pleasure that I send my best wishes to the organisers and participants in the 14th International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC).
This wonderful event serves as an opportunity to honour the countless achievements and rich heritage of Australia’s multicultural community…
…The vision and values that are at the heart of your festival enrich and strengthen our nation, as well as reaffirm the positive impact multiculturalism has had in our societies.
The Australian Labor Party has always recognised the extraordinary contribution that migrants make to our country. I firmly believe that migration has transformed Australia into an incredibly vibrant and prosperous country.
May this joyous gathering serve to inject new energy and vitality into our way of life and serve to remind us all of what we can accomplish when we collectively work towards equality, social inclusion and a better future for us all.
On behalf of the Federal Labor Party, I wish everyone a very successful festival.