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In today’s world, where conflicts and violence seem to dominate the headlines, it is more important than ever to promote and establish a culture of peace. This is not just a lofty ideal; it is a necessary step towards creating a harmonious and sustainable society. Australia, like all nations, has a crucial role to play in this endeavor.

To truly foster peace, it is essential for governments to institutionalize the peace process. By officially recognizing and professionalizing peace initiatives, the voices of peacemakers can be heard at the highest levels of decision-making.

The Australian State and Federal Governments have a unique opportunity to lead by example and set the stage for a culture of peace in the country. By supporting the peace initiatives of the United Nations and implementing the program of action outlined in the 1999 UN Declaration on a Culture of Peace, Australia can demonstrate its commitment to this cause.

One of the key aspects of establishing a culture of peace is addressing the root causes of violence in our society. This requires thorough research, facilitation, and strengthening of support for conflict avoidance in various domains such as domestic, workplace, national, and international arenas.

By working hand in hand with the Australian State and Federal Governments, we can create a society where peace is not just an aspiration but a lived reality. This means taking collective responsibility for setting the highest example to the Australian people.

It is important to recognize that establishing a culture of peace is a long-term process that requires sustained effort and commitment. It involves promoting dialogue, understanding, and empathy among individuals and communities. It also necessitates the implementation of policies and programs that address social inequalities, promote justice, and ensure equal opportunities for all.

Let us come together as a nation and call upon the Australian Government to prioritize the establishment of a culture of peace. By doing so, we can contribute to a brighter and more peaceful future for ourselves and future generations.