Australia high commission celebrates diversity of people, cultures

Acting Australian high commissioner to Bangladesh Penny Morton hosted a reception to celebrate Australia Day.

Education minister Dipu Moni attended the reception held on Monday evening as the chief guest, said a press release on Wednesday.

Members of parliament, defence, police and government officials, business and media representatives were present.

“Australia is no stranger to bushfire … the communities that have been affected are resilient and will bounce back, as they have before,” she said.

As a multicultural country, Australia is built on diversity, inclusion and tolerance – these are values that Australia holds dear, said the acting high commissioner.

The Australian high commission also welcomed a group of trans-women from the Bandhu Social Welfare Society to perform the national anthems of Australia and Bangladesh.

The group performs in various cultural programs at home and abroad to raise awareness and advocate for reducing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Morton expressed thanks for the offers of support from the government of Bangladesh and many Bangladeshi friends around the world in response to the unprecedented bushfire season in Australia.


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