NSW Parliament passes motion commending Warrane

Saturday 7 December, 2013

The NSW Parliament has passed a motion commending Warrane for its "service to tertiary education”.

The motion also commended the College for “its promotion of student voluntary community service projects" and its sponsorship of the annual Warrane Lecture "as a contribution to academic life in New South Wales”.

The motion for the commendation was put before the NSW Legislative Council following this year’s Warrane Lecture, which was attended by many prominent members of the community, including a number of members of parliament and supreme court judges.

The lecture on 18 September, 2013, was delivered by prominent member of the Indian Australian community Mr Neville Roach AO, on the topic of "Australian Multiculturalism in the Asian Century".

The mover of the motion, MLC the Hon. David Clarke, pointed out that the lecture was inaugurated in 1971 by the late Sir Roden Cutler, former Governor of New South Wales and that it has been delivered annually since then by many eminent persons.

They included Sir Zelman Cowan, former Governor-General of Australia, the Hon. James Spigelman, AC, QC, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Hon. Tim Fischer, AC, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, His Eminence Cardinal George Pell, AC, Archbishop of Sydney, the Hon. John Dyson Heydon, AC, QC, former Justice of the High Court of Australia; Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales and the Hon. Thomas Bathurst, QC, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Mr Clarke said that he had represented the Premier of New South Wales, the Hon. Barry O'Farrell, at this year's lecture and that others who attended included the Hon. Greg Smith, SC, MP, Attorney General and Minister for Justice, the Hon. Justice Geoff Lindsay, SC, of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Hon. Justice Francois Kunc, SC, of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and the Hon. John Aquilina, AM, former New South Wales Minister for Education and former Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.

Mr Clarke pointed out to parliament that Warrane College is an independent residential college for men affiliated to the University of New South Wales “with an ethos based on values of the Catholic Church”, officially opened in 1971 by Sir Roden Cutler, Governor of New South Wales.

He also praised Warrane for promoting "a spirit of community service with voluntary service projects both in Australia and overseas”.

The full commendation was included in Hansard for 16 October, 2013, which can be found here.

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