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Send off for Pat Farmer, Centenary of Federation, Monday, 31 May 1999, 7.45 am.



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The Hon Peter McGauran, MP

Minister for the Arts and the Centenary of Federation

 

Centenary of Federation 

Send off for Pat Farmer 

Monday, 31 May 1999 7.45am

 

Peter McGauran

Thank you Angry.

Prime Minister, ACT Chief Minister Kate Carnell, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.

Firstly, thank you for coming out on such a cold Canberra morning to help celebrate the start of this historic journey.

Pat Farmer is a remarkable man who has taken on many incredible projects.

And today he embarks on perhaps the most significant and worthwhile challenge of his life.

As Pat himself has said he's putting his body on the line for the Centenary of Federation.

He will run around the country to unite and inspire Australians in the lead up to the Centenary of Federation in 2001.

Over the next seven months, Pat will carry the message of the 100th anniversary of our nationhood to cities, towns and remote communities across Australia.

Pat is a very proud Australian and during his run all Australians can share that pride with him as he encourages every Australian to get involved in the centenary.

The Government and the National Council for the Centenary of Federation are developing a full year of celebrations and events for 2001.

The Centenary of Federation gives us an opportunity to reflect on the past, to be proud of our strong democracy, and to acknowledge and learn about our history and experiences.

On his travels, Pat will talk to fellow Australians about federation, about our achievements over 100 years, and about our very promising future.

The entire country will be cheering you on Pat, following your progress on television and radio.

And following the amazing experiences you will have, the people you are going to meet and the country you will see.

I wish you the very best of health and luck for your inspirational journey.

Without further ado, I'd like to introduce the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard.

 

 

jy  1999-08-25  10:39