Victorian Premier John Brumby has won the 2010 Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award for helping stage last year’s Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne.
The government contributed $2 million to the forum which brought together Victorians and delegates from around the world to share traditions, cultures and friendships.
“I am very proud to accept the Mahatma Gandhi Award which I see as an award for the Victorian people and their commitment to promoting harmony across our community,” Mr Brumby said.
“Victorians are proud of our diverse multicultural heritage and that’s why our government is proud to support programs, organisations and events that both promote and strengthen our rich multiculturalism.”
He said the government wanted to leave a legacy for promoting community harmony and understanding in Victoria.