Real Australians Say Welcome: New street-art campaign highlights diversity

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A new street-art campaign was launched today aimed at getting people talking about multiculturalism and embracing diversity.

While most Australians will be able to sing the first verse - or at least the first few lines - of our national anthem, many of us might struggle with the second verse.

Yet it's those forgotten lines about "boundless plains to share" that have inspired an Australian artist who today launched his new street art campaign about asylum seekers and multiculturalism.

"It's worth acknowledging that it's natural to fear people that seem different and so it takes courage to welcome them or at least try to".

Artist Peter Drew said the campaign was about bringing people together.

“It's all about just discussing what it really means to be Australian and embracing one of the greatest things about that which is our multiculturalism,” he said.

Today he put up the first of 1000 posters he planned to display all over the country.

It didn’t take long for them to generate a response.

"It's a really good poster. We should welcome everybody in this country and make this country an example for the rest of the world," one passer-by said.

The artist took his inspiration from part of the second verse of the national anthem, which he said many people forgot.

The lyrics read: "For those who’ve come across the seas we’ve boundless plains to share."

The launch of Mr Drew's campaign came just days after protesters across the country rallied to "Reclaim Australia".

"It's worth acknowledging that it's natural to fear people that seem different and so it takes courage to welcome them or at least try to," he said.

He will spend the next few days putting his posters up around Sydney and then he'll take the next couple of months to travel to all the other capitals and some regional centres, sharing his posters and his message of acceptance with the entire country.

"I hope people see it here on the street and it makes them feel good about being Australian," he said.

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