Speech By H.E. DR. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono President Republic Of Indonesia Before The Australian Parliament
H.E. DR. SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO
PRESIDENT REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
BEFORE THE AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA, 10 MARCH 2010
[14:05 – 14:50]
Hon. Harry Jenkins MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Hon. John Hogg, President of the Senate,
Hon. Kevin Rudd, MP, Prime Minister,
Hon. Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition,
Honourable Members of the Federal Parliament of Australia,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am greatly honoured and privileged to be given this rare opportunity to address this august chamber. May I also once again thank the Government and people of Australia for the warm and gracious welcome you have extended to me and my delegation.
It is really good to be back here, and thank you for the wonderful lunch. I also know that many officials reported for work on Monday, although it was a public holiday, to prepare for this visit. For that, accept my gratitude and please also convey my appreciation to your families.
The last time I spoke here was at a luncheon in this building in 2005. I am grateful for the invitation to address the Australian Parliament today. I know that you invite foreign leaders to address this chamber only on very rare, very auspicious occassions, so I am very humbled by the honor of this historic occassion.
I have come to this great country to bring a message of goodwill and friendship from the good people of Indonesia. It is an important message that I trust will be well received in this great hall. I hope it will also be heard beyond this Parliament, in the homes and work places of all Australians.
And that message is very clear and simple: Australia and Indonesia have a great future together. We are not just neighbors, we are not just friends. We are strategic partners. We are equal stake-holders in a common future, with much to gain if we get this relationship right, and much to lose if we get it wrong.