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Nelson Mandela International Day

Nelson Mandela Day


Nelson Mandela’s contribution to peace and democracy was acknowledged by students at Parliament House on 18 July 2011. The students from Glenmore State High School in Rockhampton learned about the life of the former South African President during their visit to the Parliament which coincided with Nelson Mandela International Day.

In November 2009, the United Nations’ General Assembly declared 18 July, which is Mandela’s birthday as Nelson Mandela International Day. The students were welcomed to the Parliament by Deputy Speaker, Di Farmer MP who spoke of Nelson Mandela’s contribution to peace and democracy.

Student leaders from Glenmore State High School then spoke about issues of importance to them. Ms Tahlia Drury and Ms Katrina Hall each called for Australia to adopt a Bill of Rights so as to better protect the rights of Australians.