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19th Asia Pacific/18th Australian Scout Jamboree: 'I can make a difference', Springfield, Queensland, 2 January 1998: address at the official opening.



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ADDRESS BY SIR WILLIAM DEANE

GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE

19TH ASIA PACIFIC/18TH AUSTRALIAN SCOUT

JAMBOREE: “I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE”.

SPRINGFIELD, QUEENSLAND, FRIDAY, 2 JANUARY 1998

Fellow Scouts

First of all, let me welcome each of you to this unique and exciting event in scouting life, the 19th Asian Pacific/18th Australian Jamboree.

Next, I offer my sincere congratulations to our Queensland hosts. The city which they have constructed for scouting, here at Springfield, is a truly magnificent achievement

The theme of this scouting city is that of a “global village”. That theme will become more and more a part of our every day lives as we enter the twenty first century.

It is also a theme which is particularly appropriate for a Jamboree held here in Australia since our modern multicultural country has been built on a foundation of mutual tolerance and understanding: qualities born from the blending of migrant, indigenous and home grown cultures.

As Australian scouts, each of us has a responsibility to continue to nurture those qualities of mutual tolerance and understanding; and to promote them - both within Australia and to the rest of the world. Indeed, you have the opportunity to reinforce them right here in this global village at Springfield - by extending the hand of friendship to

scouts from all over Australia and from other parts of the world.

The Jamboree theme “I can make a difference" is a simple, but very powerful truth. By pursuing it, each of us can enhance our own lives and the lives of others.

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On my honour Ί ” promise, to do my best...

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On my honour "they”promise

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Those laws and that promise are statements that Ί ” will do something with will make a difference”. If you are living by those scout laws and promise, you are already making a difference to yourself, to your family and to the society in which you live.

But this Jamboree is trying to tell you something more.

It is this ... whenever you are prepared to act, by applying yourself to any truly worthwhile task, however small, you will help change the world for the better. The change may be that you make the life of another person a little better by some generous gesture, or that you achieve something else that is worthwhile such as making a tree grow by

planting or looking after it, or countering ugly prejudice and intolerance wherever you find them.

. The difference that each of you can make is beyond measure. The ability to make it is a powerful gift which belongs to you alone. Make sure that you use that ability in a positive and constructive way every day of your life.

And now I invite the scouts of the flag party to carry the Springfield Jamboree Flag to the ceremonial area and to prepare to fly it over this arena, where it will remain for the duration of the Jamboree. A number of flags will be broken simultaneously over the site... At the main gate and in the Mall... to mark the commencement of this the last Australian

Jamboree of the millennium.

This great Jamboree has been made possible by people who have used “their” gifts and decided to “make a difference” for you. As Governor-General, I pay tribute to all those who devote their abilities, their time and their efforts to promoting the scouting movement and its ideals and to all those responsible for the planning and organisation of this

Jamboree. We owe them a very great debt.

Finally, I challenge each of you - the scouts attending the Jamboree - to make the most of this exciting opportunity, to experience the adventure and challenges before you, to make friends and contribute in a positive way to the spirit of the Springfield Jamboree.

If you meet that challenge, then you will truly understand the meaning of “I can make a difference”.

I now declare the 19th Asia Pacific/18th Australian Jamboree at Springfield open.