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Flag - Walk for Harmony, Government of Victoria, Jul 2009 Object Reg. No: HT 24748

Paper flag with the slogan 'Many cultures: One community' it was handed out during the Walk for Harmony event in Melbourne on 12 July 2009. The 2009 Walk for Harmony was led by Labour Premier John Brumby to reaffirm Victoria's support for multiculturalism. This initiative was developed in response to Indian student protests in Sydney and Melbourne at the end of May and beginning of June 2009. The Walk began at Carlton Gardens at 1pm, continued along Latrobe and Swanston streets in Melbourne's CBD, and culminated at Federation Square with a free half an hour concert.

Over 5000 people participated in the walk, including Scottish bagpipers, Macedonian and Brazilian dancers and a Chinese Falun Dafa marching band. During the walk several Indian students marched in symbolic protest with their mouths covered by masks. The Federation of Indian Students of Australia said they were protesting against the state government's attempt to play down racially motivated attacks against Indian students.
Glossy paper flag on a white hollow plastic stick. One side of the paper is orange with three people shapes in red, white and pink on the right hand side with the City of Melbourne and state government of Victoria logos in the bottom left hand corner in white. One the white side are the three people shapes in red, white and pink on the left hand side.
Acquisition Information:
Collected from Karen Schamberger - Museum Victoria Collections, Research & Exhibitions, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 65 mm (Height), 75 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, public events, public protests, anti-racism, processions
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: Anti-Racism
Tertiary Classification: promotional materials
Inscriptions: Orange side: Many cultures. One community./ White side: walk for harmony.
Issued By: State Government of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Jul 2009
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 12 Jul 2009
References: No date. "Walk for Harmony". Victoria Online. Accessed 18 October 2010.
10 July 2009. "Australia: The Victorian government's 'Walk for Harmony': a cynical exercise in damage control". World Socialist Website. Accessed 18 October 2010.
12 July 2009. "Victorians Unite for Walk for Harmony". The Premier of Victoria. Accessed 18 October 2010.
13 July 2009. "Walk for Harmony". The Age. Accessed 18 October 2010.
13 July 2009. Cooke, Dewi. "Indian students feel left out of celebration". The Age. Access 18 October 2010.

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