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conference contribution
posted on 01.01.2006, 00:00 authored by Anna HalafoffAnna Halafoff
The 9 Australian Values promoted in the National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools have been developed with emphasis on valuing cultural and religious diversity, tolerance and inclusion. The document states:

These shared values such as respect and ‘fair go’ are part of Australia’s common democratic way of life, which includes equality, freedom and the rule of law. They reflect our commitment to a multicultural and environmentally sustainable society where all are entitled to justice (DEST, 2005:4).

It would follow that UnAustralian Values of exclusion, ignorance, disrespect and dishonesty, synonymous with a resurgence of narrow nationalism and intolerance for cultural and religious diversity, are in conflict with Australian Values. However many public figures seem to have confused UnAustralian with Australian Values and the socalled ‘Values Debate’ has largely ignored the actual content of the 9 Australian Values promoted in the National Framework for Values Education. Something is amiss in UnAustralia. This paper aims to examine this discrepancy.

History

Event

Cultural Studies Association of Australasia annual conference (2006 : Canberra, A. C. T.)

Pagination

1 - 18

Publisher

Cultural Studies Association of Australasia

Location

Canberra, A. C. T.

Place of publication

Canberra, A. C. T.

Start date

06/12/2006

End date

08/12/2006

ISBN-10

1740882539

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2006, The Author

Title of proceedings

UNAustralia : Cultural Studies Association of Australasia annual conference.