Australia: Governor launches inaugural UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, Parliament House Melbourne

Parliament House Melbourne

Professor David de Kretser, AC, Governor of Victoria, accompanied by Mrs de Kretser, launched the World Interfaith Harmony Week in Melbourne at a luncheon for over 80 religious and spiritual leaders, in Queen’s Hall, Parliament House on the 1st February.

Professor David de Kretser, AC, Governor of Victoria, accompanied by Mrs de Kretser, launched the World Interfaith Harmony Week in Melbourne at a luncheon for over 80 religious and spiritual leaders, in Queen’s Hall, Parliament House on the 1st February. The Hon. Ted Baillieu, Premier of Victoria, sent a congratulatory message to be read out to the guests.

The Governor reminded us that we in Australia are fortunate to live in a diverse, multicultural society, and are at liberty to practise our respective faiths openly and without fear. He said: “Around the world there are too many places where religious intolerance is rife … where people are oppressed or unable to practise their religion openly and where people are incapable of expressing their values. In too many countries this tension is the cause of constant unrest and conflict.” The Governor hoped that the observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week would have a lasting and significant impact around the world.

You may read the speech of Professor David de Kretser, AC, Governor of Victoria.

Reverend Helen Summers, (The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne), with Governor of Victoria, 
Professor David de Kretser, AC, and 
Nur Shkembi, (Islamic Council of Victoria)

Reverend Helen Summers, (The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne), with Governor of Victoria,
Professor David de Kretser, AC, and
Nur Shkembi, (Islamic Council of Victoria)

Source: Interfaith Centre of Melbourne

Photo Credit: Interfaith Centre of Melbourne