On March 21st Australia celebrates Harmony Day, a chance for all Australian's to embrace cultural diversity and to share what we have in common
To mark this year's Harmony Day I proudly took part in a Harmony Day Celebration at Parliament House with my colleague Jing Lee MLC.
During the celebration I pledged my support for the campaign Racism. It Stops with Me and heard from special guest, Australia's Race Discrimination Minister, Dr Tim Soutphommasane.
Harmony Day aims to engage Australians, particularly young people, in celebrating inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
You may have noticed that orange has been the Harmony Day colour since the first Harmony Day was held in 1999.
Traditionally the colour orange relates to social communication, stimulating two-way conversations. It aids in the development of new ideas and frees the spirit of its limitations, giving us the freedom to be ourselves. At the same time it encourages self-respect and respect of others.
You can read Dr Soutphommasane's Harmony Day message here and watch a video about the different ways Australian's celebrated Harmony Day below.