2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Australian Government’s Harmony Day, which celebrates racial and religious inclusion in Australian communities. Today is also the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Image: QLD's Vision Impaired team in action at the National Inclusion Championships
Chief Executive Officer Max Walters said Queensland Cricket’s players, staff, volunteers and stakeholders were united in promoting multiculturalism and equality in cricket.
“Considering the actions of the past week, it is important now more than ever that Queenslanders and Australians unite and celebrate the many cultures and people that make our country a safe, happy and unique one.
“Cricket is a sport for all Australians, no matter what background a person may be, and we are proud to be a game played by people of all races and religions.
“Harmony Day is an occasion for us to celebrate the multiculturalism and diversity we see in our society every day, and we stand united with all Queenslanders against discrimination of any kind.”
Mr. Walters said cricket aimed to be a leader in achieving a harmonious and united Queensland.
“Queensland Cricket has made significant strides in embracing our multicultural communities in recent years. This has included holding various multicultural forums to ensure cricket is a sport for all, educating the public on the community values we hold dearly, and most recently, applying to become a Queensland Government Multicultural Ambassador.
"The past week tells us there is work still to be done, but diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion are messages we are committed to promoting,” Mr. Walters said.
Yesterday, a minute's silence was held before the start of all Sheffield Shield matches around the country in memory of those who lost their lives in the recent Christchurch attacks, while all Premier Cricket Finals this weekend will do the same.
Image: QLD and WA players pause to remember the victims of the Christchurch attacks