Britain-Australia Society Award for 2014
15th January 2015
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Last year the Britain-Australia Society inaugurated its award for outstanding contribution to the British-Australian relationship. The 2013 awardee was Barry Humphries AO CBE.
We are very pleased to announce that the awardee for 2014 is First Secretary of State and Leader of The House of Commons The Right Honourable William Hague MP.
The award will be presented to Mr Hague in the Downer Room of Australia House by the Society President, Lord Carrington, in the presence of the Australian High Commissioner to the UK, HE The Hon Alexander Downer AC. After speeches there will be a chance to mingle during a drinks reception.
Mr Hague first reached the public’s notice when he spoke at the Conservative Party Conference at the age of 16.
Graduating with First Class Honours from Magdalen College, Oxford, he became President of the Oxford Union. After a career as a management consultant he was elected to Parliament in 1989 as the youngest Conservative MP. Rising rapidly he entered the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Wales in 1995 and was Leader of the Conservative Party by 1997.
In his 2010 appointment as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs he was the first British Foreign Minister in 20 years to visit Australia and relations between the two countries have dramatically strengthened since then. His highly regarded and widely reported 2013 speech in the Strangers’ Dining Room of the Parliament of New South Wales strongly defined the present day interdependence and co-operation between Britain and Australia.
During the reception after the presentation, Penfolds will offer a tasting of some of their premium wines:
- Grange 2009
- RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012
- Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz 2012
- Bin 407 Cabernet 2012
Image credit: FCO.
Please note this is a London event