The profound intolerance against anyone perceived as different demands that we must all stop deluding ourselves that we accept diversity. Just ask the mentally or physically disabled, homosexuals and lesbians, refugees and/or Muslims, Buddhists or Hindus et al. It is imperative that we acknowledge that non-conformity must be valued; conventional thinking only limits human development. It is time to really embrace the much more challenging doctrine of difference to celebrate Australia as a country without prejudice or hatred.

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