July 26, 2011
Kevin Rudd’s 2011 Magna Carta Lecture
2011 Magna Carta Lecture, hosted by the British High Commission, at the Adelaide Town Hall
The Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, 26 July 2011
We date this great document the Magna Carta to a famous gathering at Runnymede on the Thames in June 1215.
The English aristocracy met with the English King to deal with some ancient grievances.
As others have observed, it was not an Act of Parliament.
There was no Parliament.
It was not part of any Constitution.
There was no constitutional order to speak of.
It simply became known as the Magna Carta.
To read the full transcript of the speech, click here.