24 September 2019

Dr MARJORIE O'NEILL (Coogee) — I rise today to inform Parliament of what an honour it was to attend the 60th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Foundation, attended by His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a leading non-formal education youth development program, empowering all young Australians aged 14 to 24 to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance.

To earn an Award, each young person must learn a skill, improve their physical well being, volunteer in their community and experience a team adventure in a new environment. The Award is a fully inclusive program and has no social, political, or religious affiliations. I commend the award winners achievements and contribution to youth leadership and development in Australia.

I take this moment to acknowledge the great work of the duke of Edinburgh board including the hon. Gary Nairn AO, the Hon. Sandra Nori, Tom Mould AO, Cameron Smart, Stephen Hauville, Elizabeth Gilchrist AM, Elizabeth Gilchrist AM, Nathan Godfrey, Bob Rutherford, David Sanders, the Hon. Daryl Manzie am, the Hon. Joseph Francis and Sue Lloyd-Williams AO.