These capabilities can and should be taught in schools but also need to take

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These capabilities can and should be taught in schools, but also need to take root in the family and the community. Neighbours, educators, health workers, employers, politicians, religious leaders, police, media professionals – all share responsibility for the promotion of equality and the prevention of discrimination. Accordingly, we believe that systematic programs of human rights education are indispensable to the realisation of full equality in Australia. We have welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment to make human rights education the centrepiece of Australia’s Human Rights Framework, and we acknowledge the efforts of the Australian Human Rights Commission and its Commissioners over many years in this field. All Australians need not only to learn about their own rights, but to develop respect for the rights of humanity in general. Education that instils in hearts and minds an awareness of and sensitivity to the human rights of all persons constitutes an essential tool for the promotion and implementation of international human rights standards. In the final analysis, individuals are respected – or discriminated against – by other individuals, even if they are acting in an official capacity. Accordingly, it is essential to put in place, and provide adequate resources for, educative programs that touch the hearts, and elevate the behaviour, of all members of the community. * The Australian Bahá'í Community thanks the Government for the opportunity to make a submission to the consolidation project. We look forward to the opportunity to comment on the exposure draft legislation when it is released for public consultation in early 2012. Australian Bahá’í Community January 2012 Submission by the Australian Bahá’í Community on the Consolidation of Commonwealth Anti-Discrimination Laws 8
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