Government House Reception for 100th Anniversary of Poland's Independence

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The stability of Polish democracy – one of the oldest in the world – derives to a large extent from Polish democratic, libertarian and parliamentary traditions that date back to the fifteenth century and the Jagiellonian dynasty.

2018 marks 100 years since Poland regained independence after 123 years of partitions and it was wonderful to celebrate this occasion in the presence of the President of Poland, His Excellency, Mr Andrzej Duda and his wife, Mrs Agata Kornhauser-Duda at a reception hosted by the Governor of Victoria, The Honourable. Linda Dessau AC and Mr Anthony Howard QC at Government House on Saturday 18 August.

The evening included a decoration ceremony and I was deeply humbled and truly honoured to receive the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland from the President.  My affection for the Polish people and my admiration of their achievements in Victoria, not to mention the rich and extraordinary history of their homeland is heartfelt and genuine.

I congratulate my fellow State member of Parliament, Ms Natalie Suleyman MP on receiving the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit and Federal Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, The Hon. Alan Tudge MP on being awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit.