Welcome to Australia
Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP
Prime Minister of Australia
Australia is committed to the Commonwealth. It is one of the oldest international organisations and includes 53 member countries with 30 per cent of the world’s population and 20 per cent of the world’s land mass.
The Commonwealth is not a community of power, wealth, geography, religion or language, so much as a community of values.
We believe in democracy based on the rule of law; we acknowledge Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth; and we share a legacy of British institutions and influence which all members have adapted and improved in their own ways.
The Commonwealth is underpinned by these fundamental values. Biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings provide the platform for leaders to renew our commitment to the Commonwealth and further our cooperation.
In the face of the complex, multifaceted challenges of the 21st century we must continue to take practical steps to strengthen our Commonwealth of Nations and ensure its value, relevance and effectiveness for generations to come.
On behalf of the Australian Government and the Australian people, I send you our kind greetings and invite you to learn more about Australia and its role in the Commonwealth.
This message is from previous Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The message from Mr. Turnbull will be available shortly.