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Transcript 11442

TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER THE HON JOHN HOWARD MP ADDRESS AT THE OFFICIAL FINISH OF PAT FARMER'S RUN AROUND AUSTRALIA, PARLIAMENT HOUSE

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Howard, John

Period of Service: 11/03/1996 to 03/12/2007

More information about Howard, John on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 08/12/1999

Release Type: Speech

Transcript ID: 11442

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Well thank you Dick. To you Pat I express the admiration, the esteem and

the thanks of the entire Australian nation for the superbly Australian way

in which you have promoted the cause of the centenary of federation. I can't

think of a more effective way than to have a sportsman much admired throughout

Australia to undertake a marathon run around our country, over a period

of five or six months, touching large and small communities, accompanied

on the entire journey by his children, his mother, and his brother, giving

innumerable speeches, promoting the notion of a united Australian community,

promoting the idea of honest effort, promoting the notion that all of us

are together as Australians commemorating 100 years of this nation's existence.

Pat you're a superb ambassador for what it means to be an Australian, and

I am very proud as Prime Minister having farewelled you back in May of this

year, to welcome you, to marvel at your physical fitness, to marvel at your

mental toughness, and to salute the very emphatic and symbolic way in which

you have carried the message of the centenary of federation to so many different

parts of our nation.

In the course of it you've broken innumerable records. But most importantly

of all you have symbolised in a very Australian way what it means to be

an Australian as we celebrate 100 years of our existence. On behalf of the

Government and the entire nation Pat, welcome back, well done, and thank

you for a sterling effort.

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Transcript 11442