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His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, as Patron of the Commonwealth Day Council of New South Wales Inc, accompanied by Mrs Linda Hurley, delivered Her Majesty The Queen’s 2015 Commonwealth Day Message at a Luncheon, at Parliament House.

In the evening, the Governor, as Patron of the Bible Society of Australia, accompanied by Mrs Hurley, officially launched the exhibition ‘Their Sacrifice’, at a Reception at Government House.

Commonwealth Day 

Message from Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth

One simple lesson from history is that when people come together to talk, to exchange ideas and to develop common goals, wonderful things can happen. So many of the world's greatest technological and industrial achievements have begun as partnerships between families, countries, and even continents. But, as we are often reminded, the opposite can also be true.  When common goals fall apart, so does the exchange of ideas.  And if people no longer trust or understand each other, the talking will soon stop too.

In the Commonwealth we are a group of 53 nations of dramatically different sizes and climates. But over the years, drawing on our shared history, we have seen and acted upon the huge advantages of mutual cooperation and understanding, for the benefit of our countries and the people who live in them.

Not only are there tremendous rewards for this cooperation, but through dialogue we protect ourselves against the dangers that can so easily arise from a failure to talk or to see the other person's point of view.

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