Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras today welcomed the announcement of the establishment of the Islamic Museum of Australia in Victoria.
Speaking at the Islamic Museum of Australia Gala Dinner in Northcote, Mr Kotsiras said that world cultures, traditions, religions, arts and crafts were the bridge linking civilisation and humanity.
"This brings people together and helps build Victoria's reputation as a thriving, cohesive and cosmopolitan State," Mr Kostiras said
The Islamic Museum will complement Victoria's other museums that celebrate the contribution of our diverse communities, such as:
- the Hellenic Museum in the heart of Melbourne;
- the Museo Italiano Cultural Centre in Carlton's Italian precinct;
- the Chinese Museum in Melbourne's Chinatown; and
- the Jewish Museum of Australia in St Kilda.
"Together, these museums will build greater understanding of Victoria's diverse communities. But more than that, this museum will also promote greater cultural understanding, and further the community harmony for which Victoria is renowned," Mr Kotsiras said.
"It will educate all Victorians on the complexity and diversity of Muslim identities. It will dispel myths and misconceptions, and work towards creating an understanding, compassionate and cohesive society. It is a noble vision; it is a worthy vision
"And what better place for Australia's first dedicated Islamic museum than right here in Victoria, one of our nation's most multicultural and multifaith states.
"The Islamic Museum of Australia is a terrific example of how we celebrate this diversity, and promote cross-cultural understanding," Mr Kotsiras said.