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ADDRESS TO THE LAUNCH OF ‘THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF UNIVERSAL ETHICS’ – THE NOAHIDE LAWS’ BY RABBI DR SHIMON DOVID COWEN
JEWISH RUSSIAN COMMUNITY CENTRE, BALACLAVA, VICTORIA
If ever there was a need for our world to understand, appreciate and salute some fundamental unifying ethics, surely it is now.
We’ve had the recent vile and violent attacks in Paris. The so-called thought leaders of the Western world describe us as being ‘post-modern’ for want of being able to provide an adequate descriptor. Anxious to junk the values which have seen personal well-being blossom like never before as ‘outmoded’, ‘dated’, ‘no longer relevant’ we are being left with nothing except an ideology of self-centredness which is the antithesis of a recipe for a cohesive society.
Friends: The timeless treasured truth of marriage is worthy of our full support.
It’s historic and vital status makes it as relevant today as when it was first instituted.
The reason? - Because it is the pre-eminent forum in which to socialise the next generation.
On behalf of the Australian Government and the Australian people, can I add my welcome to representatives of the international labour movement to Australia. In that category, I sort of include Sharan Burrow, she’s very well known in Australia and doing well on the international stage.
It is very pleasing to announce that the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting is now able to release a bold and ambitious but nevertheless an achievable declaration with unanimous support.
Thank you very much, Deputy President. It’s a delight to be with you, especially on the Gold Coast, where the temperature, can I assure you, is somewhat warmer than in my home state of Tasmania or, indeed, in Canberra, where I left this morning.