Speeches

The Governor is invited to speak at a wide range of significant official, ceremonial and community events, including the Opening of Parliament, ANZAC Day ceremonies and events for Patron groups. A selection of these speeches is available below in a searchable database.

Sort speeches

Search speeches

Australian Citizenship Ceremony /

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Kaye and I are delighted to welcome you to Government House for this very special Citizenship Ceremony: your...

Read speech

Official Opening of the Emotional Health Unit at the Mater Young Adult Health Centre /

Chairman of the Mater Group, Mr Terry Crawford; Chief Executive Officer of the Mater Group Dr Peter Steer, Chief Executive of Mater Health, Mr Sean Hubbard, distinguished guests,...

Read speech

Luncheon for Vice-Regal Defence, Ex-Service and Sport Patronage Organisations /

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I at once acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which we gather, the Turrbul and Jagera people, and pay respect to their...

Read speech

Official Opening of Glenferna Historical Homestead /

Local Members, Mr Andrew Powell MP and Mr Andrew Wallace MP; Sunshine Coast Council Councillor Rick Baberowski, Maleny Cultural and Historial Society President, Mr Brian James,...

Read speech

Morning Tea to celebrate the Lyceum Club Brisbane’s Centenary and Book Launch /

Good morning President of the Lyceum Club, Dr Deborah Prior, Honorary Life Member, Dr Cathryn Mittelheuser and to my fellow ‘enquiring minds’, welcome to Fernberg. It is my honour...

Read speech

Launch of the Queensland Science Network /

President of the Royal Society of Queensland, Doctor Geoff Edwards, Queensland Chief Scientist, Professor Paul Bertsch, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I begin by...

Read speech

Reception in honour of the official birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II /

Minister of the State, the Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe, representing our Premier; Ministers of the State the Honourable Mick de Brenni and the Honourable Di Farmer; former 24th...

Read speech

Official Opening of the 30th Hungerford Field Day /

Good afternoon to the nine residents of Hungerford and their compatriots and I would like to acknowledge the official guests: Shadow Minister for Local Government and Member for...

Read speech

Royal Historical Society of Queensland Queensland Day Dinner /

I thank the Royal Historical Society of Queensland for this opportunity to present a few observations on the extensive regional travel that Kaye and I have undertaken in this...

Read speech

Official Opening of the 48th State Conference of the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (Queensland) /

Elected Representatives, Charters Towers Mayor Liz Schmidt; Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association Patron, Mrs Patricia Mitchell OAM, Federal President, Mrs Wendy Hick, and...

Read speech