Australia high commission celebrates diversity of people, cultures

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

Education minister Dipu Moniattended the reception held on Monday evening as the chief guest, said a pressrelease on Wednesday.

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

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

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

The Australian high commission alsowelcomed a group of trans-women from the Bandhu Social Welfare Society toperform the national anthems of Australia and Bangladesh.

The group performs in variouscultural programs at home and abroad to raise awareness and advocate forreducing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Morton expressed thanks for theoffers of support from the government of Bangladesh and many Bangladeshifriends around the world in response to the unprecedented bushfire season inAustralia.

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