12th Assembly 2009

Speeches & Sermons

Address of the retiring president to the 12th Assembly

President, let me first pay my respects to the Eora people, who have cared for this land on which we meet for thousands of years. Second, let me say how pleased I am, President, that you are presiding over this Assembly and I’m on my way to the backbench. To serve as President is a very significant responsibility and I feel considerable relief, almost liberation, at passing that responsibility on to you, Al.

Sermon at the Opening Service of the 12th Assembly

By the Rev. Alistair Macrae, President, reflecting on John 4

The inspiration for the theme of this Assembly came from a photograph in the Melbourne Age some years ago. It depicts a ute on a remote outback road. It is a poignant story. Two men set out to travel from Perth to Alice Springs on the Great Central Road. The vehicle runs out of fuel. They subsequently run out of water and days later are found dead in the shade of their vehicle.