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Friday, 19 March 2010
Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry O. Cox
Last night it was my great honour to join our Chancellor to welcome Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia to ECU to present the Western Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Oration for 2010. The Governor-General was accompanied by her husband, His Excellency Mr Michael Bryce AM AE.
The Governor-General spoke of the history of combating racial discrimination in Australia, and provided a thought-provoking analysis of the current situation, and of issues for the future.
As the first woman to take up the office of Governor-General, Ms Bryce is a pioneer in contemporary Australian society and has been a long-time advocate in working with women, families and young people as well as in the aged, indigenous, migrant and disability communities.
This Oration was especially significant for ECU as our namesake, the late Edith Cowan, is recognised as one of Australia’s pioneering advocates for the welfare of others, particularly for children and women, through improved health and education.
More than 300 guests attended the Oration including His Excellency the Governor of Western Australia, Dr Ken Michael and Mrs Michael; Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, the Hon John Castrilli MLA; Minister for Water and Mental Health, the Hon Graham Jacobs MLA; Members of the Western Australian Parliament; consular officials from 13 nations; and members of the wider community.The Vice-Chancellors’ Oration is held annually to acknowledge the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March.
Professor Kerry O. Cox