Senate debates

Tuesday, 4 December 2018


Royal Commonwealth Society

3:53 pm

Photo of David BushbyDavid Bushby (Tasmania, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

At the request of Senator Dean Smith, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  (i) 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of The Royal Commonwealth Society, the oldest civil society organisation devoted to the modern Commonwealth,

  (ii) since its establishment, The Royal Commonwealth Society has worked to improve the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world, and

  (iii) the 2018 Commonwealth theme, 'Towards a Common Future', renews the commitment to build on the individual and collective strengths of all member countries to respond to global challenges, and deliver a more prosperous, secure, sustainable and fair future for all our citizens, particularly our young people; and

(b) reaffirms Australia's support for the Charter of the Commonwealth, signed by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in 2013, which states that "We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds".

Question agreed to.