Commonwealth should not be shy about its core values, says Aus Foreign MinisterPosted by AlexT - 06/10/09 at 04:10 pm
The Hon. Steven Smith MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, tells the Commonwealth Conversation that the association shouldn’t be shy about focussing on its core strength – democracy. Do you agree?
I think the great strength of the Commonwealth is that, historically, it has made governance, democracy and the rule of law its priority and I think that should continue to be its core business and its core strength.
There is nothing wrong with having a long standing history of working for democratic ideals. And the Commonwealth should not be shy about proselytizing that for the future.
Core business has been democracy over the years, and my view is that it should continue. We might want to give it a modern face with a website here and there, but essentially the continuation of core business is what the Commonwealth should be doing.