Thank you Dr Goldie for your kind introduction to the Civil Society 20 or C20, as it is commonly known.
I was reflecting on your words of introduction then and I was reflecting on the apparently warm reception that my colleague the Foreign Minister received yesterday and it reminded me of those important words of John F Kennedy in his inaugural address when he said that:
Civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.
Good morning ladies and gentlemen, delegates. Thank you Tim Costello, for that very kind introduction and thank you for the passion and enthusiasm that you show. Tim Costello is a positive force for good in our community here in Australia and globally. I’m delighted to be here in Melbourne this morning to open the C20 Summit. This is an exciting year for Australia as we host the G20 and I believe it’s an exciting year for the G20
Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today and to make some closing remarks. I’d like to begin by congratulating you all on what has clearly been a very successful meeting. In particular I thank Tim Costello and his team on the Australian C20 steering committee for all the work they’ve put into making consultation between the G20 and civil society a success this year. I would also like to thank those of you who have made the trip to Australia to attend this summit; it is a pleasure to see so many of you here.