A country that was divided by racism, religion and race in the 1950s has become a nation divided by religion and politics in the years since, writes Natcher.
Natcher writes: The politics of race have never been less volatile in Australia.
Since the 1990s, race has been an increasingly contentious issue in Australia, and politics has been divided over its impact.
The debate has moved on from the divisive racial issue of the 1960s, and has been transformed into a more nuanced discussion about the need for greater inclusion, and a more progressive approach to multiculturalism.
But that does not mean that the political divisions are entirely new.
In the 1950’s, a growing number of people saw race as a matter of social and political significance.
A generation of young Australians was growing up in the 1960’s.
At the same time, the political climate in Australia was changing.
There were a number of other issues at play in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including the rise of the radical right in Australia and the political challenges of the Vietnam War.
As a result, it is very difficult to trace a political divide that has remained constant since the 1950.
Race in the 1990’s and the future of Australia’s diversity agendaThe new political climate has not been good for the national conversation on race, but the debate is not new.
The last election in 1997 was the last time Australia had a national election on race and the first to be held since the 1960 and 1970s.
On election day, more than 200 people were killed in riots in Sydney and Melbourne, while a federal court ruled that people were entitled to equal treatment under the law.
That sparked the creation of a commission to look into how race was perceived in Australia during that period.
It recommended a range of actions, including greater racial diversity in public places, better understanding of Aboriginal people and better community policing.
These recommendations were adopted by the Labor government and then by the Howard government in 2006.
This was followed by a national campaign to promote diversity and inclusion, led by the ACT government, which was the first in Australia to do so.
More recently, the Coalition government, led under Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has made a series of policy recommendations, including a raft of laws to promote racial harmony and respect.
During the election campaign, Labor was accused of racism, xenophobia and xenophobia.
For instance, during the campaign, Mr Abbott said: In my party, we’ve got a commitment to stop people using race to discriminate, we want to put an end to the political correctness of the multiculturalism that has been so successful in the past and we want a culture that values the diversity of the country.
He also said: This is a country that has had a lot of diversity, but I think that we need to continue to embrace our diversity, to embrace the multicultural community, and I think it is important for us to work together to make sure that the nation is a place that is tolerant of different views and that everyone has the same opportunity and opportunity to live their lives.
Mr Abbott is also an active campaigner against racism, arguing that racism is a symptom of a wider social and economic crisis in Australia: I think the great tragedy is that we have seen our diversity crisis grow to such a point that it has reached a point where the country no longer has the capacity to reflect the diversity that we are.
We have lost our multicultural fabric, and we need a renewed vision for our country.
This is what Mr Abbott has been saying since his election victory.
And he is right.
The current political climate is deeply troubling, but we have a long way to go.
What can we learn from the past?
The debate around race in Australia is not over.
When we look back at the past, there are lessons that can be learned from it.
Firstly, we should be able to accept our own failings and the limitations of our political institutions.
Secondly, we must also recognise the importance of multiculturalism, and the role that multiculturalism can play in improving our lives.
Finally, we need more evidence to help us understand how we are getting along.