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Royston Mitchell (The Australian, Talking Point, 24/2) disputes the value of multiculturalism because “intelligent, erudite Australians do not need to be told how to think, act, or interact.”

That may well be true, but not all Australians fit that description. A recent study has about 12% of Australians describing themselves as racist; almost certainly there are many more who don’t acknowledge their racism.

Governments are rightly commended for their efforts to educate people on street violence, drink-driving and other destructive minority behaviour. Cultural intolerance is no different.

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