The Governor-General David Hurley and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley.
I am delighted to be the new Patron of the Australian Red Cross Society. Australian Red Cross occupies a special place within the Australian community.
From delivering support before and after disasters, delivering blood donation services, and assisting the most vulnerable members of our community, Red Cross is there.
Perhaps less visible for many Australians – but similarly absolutely critical - is the role of Red Cross internationally.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, which are the modern cornerstones of international humanitarian law. Australian Red Cross, its staff, volunteers and supporters, promote awareness of and respect for this critical body of law. Their work in promoting the Geneva Conventions, including through military exercises and training for government officials and civil society, is pivotal to building and maintaining respect for the conventions and international humanitarian law.
As the new Patron of the Australian Red Cross Society, I look forward to working with Australian Red Cross across its full spectrum of endeavours, whilst also getting to know the members, volunteers and staff across Australia.
These people are fine examples of the richness of our society. They serve tirelessly, give to others and are crucial to the success of the organisation.