A hard form of multiculturalism that condones practices such as female genital mutilation is promoting a "fetish of diversity" and should be stopped, says a new report.

Centre for Independent Studies research fellow Peter Kurti also said governments should get out of the business of supporting the cultural, ethnic or religious components of identity.

"This determination to promote diversity has become an obsession that has driven "hard" multiculturalism beyond a concern to eradicate racial discrimination," he said.

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