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Message from the Prime Minister the Hon John Howard MP, Commonwealth Day, 8 March 1999



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MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER

THE HON JOHN HOWARD MP

COMMONWEALTH DAY, 8 MARCH 1999

 

 

The Commonwealth celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. So Commonwealth Day 1999 is an especially appropriate occasion to recall the continuing value of the shared history we enjoy with other members of the Commonwealth family.

 

Commonwealth members enjoy a rich political and legal tradition, have common economic and social aspirations, and share common ideals and values. We speak the same language. The diversity of the Commonwealth’s membership enriches each of its members.

 

For these reasons, the Commonwealth is a practical and effective source of help for strengthening the institutions of government and a useful forum for exchanging experiences and ideas. It helps widen the horizons of our young people.

 

This year in November the Commonwealth heads of government will meet in South Africa. Then in 2001, the year we celebrate the centenary of Australia’s federation, we will host the heads of government meeting in Canberra. These will be good opportunities for Commonwealth members to draw on our family history for the benefit of present and future generations.

 

Music is the theme for Commonwealth Day. Music transcends all human boundaries — culture, nationality and religion. The theme is one that will allow all to share in and enjoy the occasion.

 

 

(John Howard)

 

 

 

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