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Queen Congratulated on Diamond Jubilee
Thursday, 16th February 2012
The Rev Hon Fred Nile MLC, Leader of the Christian Democratic Party, joined Parliamentary colleagues in congratulating Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of Australia on the occasion of her 'Diamond Jubilee'.
"On behalf of the Christian Democratic Party, I am pleased to support the address to Her Majesty the Queen moved by the Government:
To Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.
May it please Your Majesty-
We, the members of the Legislative Council of New South Wales, in Parliament assembled, on our own behalf and on behalf of the people of New South Wales, offer our loyal and heartfelt congratulations on the completion of the sixtieth year of Your Majesty's beneficent reign.
The diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is the international celebration throughout 2012 marking the sixtieth anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952. Queen Victoria in 1897 is the only other monarch in the histories of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and a few other Commonwealth realms to have celebrated a diamond jubilee. Following the tradition of jubilees past, a diamond jubilee medal is being awarded in various countries, and holidays and events will be held through the Commonwealth", said Rev Fred Nile.
"Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State of Australia and 15 other Commonwealth realms. She is the eldest daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. She was born on 21 April 1926 and became Queen at the age of 25 years. She has reigned through six decades of enormous social change and development. The Queen is married to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and has four children and eight grandchildren. In the course of more than 60 years on the throne the Queen has developed a very special relationship with Australia through regular visits. She has travelled throughout the different States to meet people from all cultures, walks of life and regions in our country.
As a constitutional monarch, the Queen, by convention, is not involved in the day-to-day business of the Australian government, but she continues to play important ceremonial and symbolic roles, as do her vice-regal representatives in our nation. The Queen's relationship to Australia is unique. In all her duties she speaks and acts as Queen of Australia, and not as Queen of the United Kingdom. The Queen's royal style and title in Australia is Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth. I am very pleased to support the address to Her Majesty.
Along with other members, I attended a special ecumenical service to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne, conducted in St James' Church, Sydney. The invited preacher on that occasion was Cardinal George Pell, and the Governor of New South Wales, Professor Marie Bashir, was the guest of honour. Paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of Australia in the Australian House of Representatives in Canberra on 6 February 2012, Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, stated that the Queen is a revered figure in Australia. The Prime Minister also announced that on 4 June she would light a beacon atop Parliament House and that a street in the parliamentary triangle in Canberra would be renamed Queen Elizabeth Terrace.
While sharing in the support for this motion, I urge the New South Wales Government to give more thought to its participation in events to mark the diamond jubilee. As we near the annual Queen's Birthday holiday on Monday 11 June 2012, I respectfully request the State Government-it may be doing so already-to consider special events, perhaps a citizen's parade, a Parliament House dinner, a special diamond jubilee medal, emblem and plaque, as has been planned by other members of the Commonwealth. I am very pleased to support the motion. I reminder members of the words spoken by the Queen in her Christmas message to highlight what I believe are some very important features of our nation and indeed the whole of the Commonwealth. She said:
The importance of family has, of course, come home to Prince Philip and me personally this year with the marriages of two of our grandchildren, each in their own a celebration of the God-given love that binds a family together.
For many, this Christmas will not be easy. With our armed forces deployed around the world, thousands of service families face Christmas without their loved ones at home.
The bereaved and lonely will find it especially hard. And, as we all know, the world is going through difficult times. All this will affect our celebration of this great Christian festival.
Finding hope in adversity is one of the themes of Christmas. Jesus was born into a world full of fear. The angels came to frightened shepherds with hope in their voices: "Fear not," they urged, "we bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord."
The Queen then said:
Although we are capable of great acts of kindness, history teaches us that we sometimes need saving from ourselves-from our recklessness or our greed.
God sent into the world a unique person-neither a philosopher nor a general, important though they are, but a Saviour, with the power to forgive.
Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith. It can heal broken families, it can restore friendships and it can reconcile divided communities. It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God's love.
The Queen then quotes from these words from the beautiful carol O Little Town of Bethlehem:
O Holy Child of Bethlehem,Descend to us we pray.Cast out our sinAnd enter in.Be born in us today.
She then concludes by saying:
It is my prayer that on this Christmas day we might all find room in our lives for the message of the angels and for the love of God through Christ our Lord. I wish you all a very happy Christmas.
I believe that the Queen has excelled in both her example and her words as the Queen of Australia", Rev Nile stated.
For Media Interviews contact:Rev Fred Nile (02) 9230 2478 or 0418 619 731?Research Assistant: David Copeland (02) 9230 2978
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