Australian Muslims are showing their displeasure with multiculturalism and are rejecting the idea that Australia is a country that is multicultural.
They are, however, sticking to the same old ideas of a separate homogeneous society.
In a survey of more than 700 people, Muslims in Australia overwhelmingly supported the concept of multiculturalism.
The results were published this week in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.
Australia’s Muslim population has been growing rapidly over the past 20 years.
According to a 2014 survey, just over a quarter of the country’s 7.3 million Muslims live in suburbs or towns, compared to only 8 per cent in 2006.
But the results of the survey showed that Muslims in the country are increasingly expressing discontent with multicultural attitudes.
Only around 20 per cent of Muslims in 2014 said that multiculturalism was important to them, compared with 56 per cent two years earlier.
And in 2015, less than 20 per a cent of Muslim Australians said that they felt more connected to their community than their non-Muslim counterparts.
The survey also found that the vast majority of Muslims thought that they had little influence on Australia’s future.
But Muslims are not alone in their views on multiculturalism, as many Australians, including those in the middle class, have embraced the concept.
While many Muslims have welcomed the idea of multicultural communities, some argue that the country is still too homogenous.
For example, a 2015 survey of 1,000 Australians found that only 12 per cent said that the multiculturalism had made Australia more multicultural, while 56 per per cent felt that the idea was a negative one.
Another survey, conducted by the Centre for Social Cohesion, found that 61 per cent thought multiculturalism in Australia had had negative consequences, while only 40 per cent believed that it had positive ones.
Meanwhile, a survey by the Australian Institute of Directors (AIOD) found that more than half of respondents said that there was not a strong link between the number of Muslims living in Australia and the quality of life.
This is despite the fact that Australia has one of the lowest rates of suicide in the world.
According to the 2015 report by the UN Population Fund, Australia has the fifth highest suicide rate among developed countries, at 16.1 per 100,000 people.
However, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Australia ranks seventh in the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) in terms of per capita income.
With the country ranked ninth in the Global Peace Index, Australia ranked last on the index in the 2015 edition of the Global Trends Index.
One in five Australians believe that there should be a national flag for Muslims to represent their religion, according a 2015 study by the Organisation of Australian Governments.
It also found Australia’s Muslim community was underrepresented in politics, as only 22 per cent per cent were elected to parliament in the 2014 election, compared by almost half the population in the rest of the world, including Australia.
“We need to have a conversation with the Muslim community about the importance of inclusion and the fact we are a diverse society, but also about how we are all integrated and can be inclusive of our own backgrounds,” Ms Purnama said.
She said Australia needed to move away from the notion that multicultural societies were the only way to achieve the country we want.
“[But] the next generation, we need to be welcoming of each other,” she said.