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This Harmony Day, Shed A Tear For The Multiculturalists

Mark your calendar: March 21 is Harmony Day in Australia. You may not have known it, but Harmony Day is the day we celebrate multiculturalism.

Be sure to break out your orange ribbon. But don’t pin it on too early: it might get you in trouble with the Irish. Next Monday is St Patrick’s Day — possibly a dangerous day to get caught in a pub wearing orange. Well, it might be dangerous in certain parts of old Eire, especially in the run-up to Brexit this month. But in Australia, most people are pretty relaxed about multiculturalism.

But some of us take multiculturalism a bit too seriously. When intellectuals and bureaucrats start telling people what they can think or say about other cultures (or even their own), then it has gone too far.

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