MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
16 November 1999
Australia Joins Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group
I am delighted that the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, in Durban, has endorsed the Commonwealth Secretary General's recommendation that Australia join the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) as one of three new members.
CMAG was established by CHOGM in Auckland in 1995 to to deal with serious or persistent violations of the fundamental political principles set out in the Commonwealth's Harare Declaration.
Commonwealth countries share a rich political and legal tradition, and we share common ideals and values. This makes the Commonwealth an effective source of help in strengthening the institutions of government.
Becoming a member of CMAG demonstrates Australia's strong commitment to the Commonwealth's work in these areas, and will enable Australia to support the Commonwealth's ongoing promotion of the rule of law, democratic practices and good governance.
As Australia's representative on CMAG I look forward to making an active contribution to the work of this key Commonwealth body.
CMAG membership comprises Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Botswana, Canada, Malaysia, Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
Ministerial - Mark Croxford (02) 6277 7500
Departmental - Matt Francis (02) 6261 1555
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