SPEECH: Baha'i - Birth of Baha’ull’ah

On behalf of Labor, I would also like to extend my best wishes to Baha'i communities in Australia and around the world as they mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha'u'llah. Baha'u'llah, the prophet founder of the Baha'i faith, devoted his life to the service of God, spreading the message of peace and unity for all. Among his teachings was the recognition of earth as one country, with all humans as equal citizens, and to love the whole world as one would love their country. It is in the principles of equality and love that our modern, multicultural society thrives as a united nation of many backgrounds, cultures and faiths, and it is in celebration of our diverse communities that the Australian story is strengthened and enhanced.

Over two days in October, Baha'i communities here in Australia will come together with family and friends to celebrate the life of a devoted man whose commitment to God and humanity was unwavering in the face of persecution, imprisonment and exile. We are grateful for the contribution of the Baha'i community to our nation and we are privileged to be recognising such an important milestone for the Baha'i community. To everyone across Australia who is coming together to celebrate with family and friends, we wish you prosperity and joy for the year ahead.

Tony Burke