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.

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2018 Queensland Overseas Foundation Award Ceremony /

Queensland Overseas Foundation Board of Governors, Award Winners, Ladies and Gentlemen, Since 2015, it has been my great privilege to attend these awards, with Kaye, to annually...

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Rededication of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Opening Stone /

Commodore of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Mr Mark Gallagher; Past Commodores; Members, including the Official Secretary at Government House, Air Commodore Mark Gower, and...

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Celebration of Thynne + Macartney's 125th Anniversary /

Your Honours, Judges of the Supreme Court and the Federal Court; Thynne + Macartney Chairman of Partners, Mr Peter Jolly; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a truly...

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Public Safety Portfolio International Women's Day Event /

Commissioners Katarina Carroll APM, Ian Stewart APM and Dr Peter Martin APM; Inspector General; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure to join you for...

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Reception in Support of International Women's Day /

The Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Holmes; my illustrious predecessor, Queensland’s 22nd Governor and the first woman to hold Vice Regal office in Queensland, Ms Leneen Forde...

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Afternoon Reception for Volunteers and Supporters of the Pyjama Foundation /

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Pyjama Foundation, Mrs Bronwyn Sheehan; Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, As parents and grandparents, Kaye and I are...

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Australian Bravery Decorations and Awards Investiture Ceremony /

Kaye and I are delighted to welcome you all to Government House. I extend a particular welcome to our most honoured guests, the recipients of the Australian Bravery Decorations...

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Stanthorpe State School Parade /

Principal, Mrs Pozzi, Distinguished guests, Parents, Teachers, and Students, Thank you very much for welcoming Kaye and me to Stanthorpe State School. I very much admire your...

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Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival Gala Ball /

Member for Southern Downs, Mr James Lister MP; Mayor of Southern Downs Regional Council, Councillor Tracy Dobie; President of the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival Committee, Mr...

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Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Foundation 2018 Research Grant Awards and Supporter Recognition Ceremony /

The Honourable Dr Steven Miles MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services; Mrs Leona Murphy, Chair of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation;...

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