Australian PM attends joint RCS - B-AS Reception

The Royal Commonwealth Society and the Britain-Australia Society (B-AS) hosted a joint reception on Monday 10th July in the impressive surroundings of Marlborough House. The reception was held to announce the new affiliation between the two societies. 

Supporters of The Royal Commonwealth Society and B-AS Members were delighted to be joined by The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia, together with The Rt Hon. the Lord Howell of Guildford PC, President of The Royal Commonwealth Society and H.E. The Hon. Alexander Downer AC, Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. 

On arrival at Marlborough House the Prime Minister was greeted by Mr Peter Benson OAM, Chairman of the B-AS, Lord Howell and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, The Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland QC before being introduced to Supporters of the Society and members of the B-AS present for the event. 

RCS President Lord Howell provided some welcoming remarks commenting on the value and importance of the modern Commonwealth as an international network before introducing Prime Minister Turnbull who reflected on his visit to the United Kingdom and relations between the two countries. 

The Australian PM spoke of his visit with Prime Minister Theresa May MP to the scene of the terror attack at Borough Market in London where two Australians had lost their lives. Prime Minister Turnbull praised the strength of the relationship between Britain and Australia and spoke of the need for greater collaboration between the two countries particuarly with regards to security cooperation and trade stating, 'our values and common interests are becoming more important than ever.' The Prime Minister concluded by remarking on the importance of the work of the Societies.                                         

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