It is written for all Australians interested in these issues, but above all, for those who work in organisations that promote social cohesion, and who are therefore required to understand, and to explain to others, the impact of these changes on the nation. When you walk down a street in Australia’s largest cities, the odds are that one in seven of the people you pass will have arrived in this country in the past 20 years. In Melbourne, the figure is more like one in four. It’s another reminder of how much Australians are still a new people.

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