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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Alumni Networking Event /

It gives me great pleasure, with Kaye, to join you for tonight’s networking event, and I at once thank our High Commissioner for generously hosting us all. First and foremost,...

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Malaysia Australia Business Council Commonwealth Speaker Series VIP Luncheon /

It is a great pleasure to visit Malaysia for the first time as Governor of the State of Queensland.    And it is a privilege and a pleasure to address you today on a theme which...

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Study Gold Coast Reception /

I am honoured to join you this evening to showcase Queensland’s beautiful Gold Coast as an innovation hub and a remarkable learning destination.                                   ...

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Reception in Support of International Women’s Day 2017 /

Minister Grace; Queensland’s 22nd Governor the Honourable Leneen Forde; members of the Judiciary, including the Chief Justice of the Family Court who is currently in Brisbane,...

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Afternoon Tea for the Presentation of the 2016 Winston Churchill Fellowship Awards /

Guests, distinguished as are you all, welcome to Government House. It has been a great pleasure to present each new Churchill Fellow with his or her award over the past few years,...

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Urangan Pier Centenary Celebrations /

Federal Member for Hinkler, Mr Keith Pitt; State Member for Hervey Bay, Mr Ted Sorenson; Acting Mayor Councillor George Seymour; other distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen;...

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2017 Queensland Overseas Foundation Award Ceremony /

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, it has given me enormous pleasure over the past three years to congratulate the newest recipients of the Queensland Overseas Foundation...

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Afternoon Reception for The Lady Musgrave Trust /

Councillor Vicki Howard; Trust President, Ms Patricia McCormack and Board Members; CEO, Mrs Karen Lyon Reid and fellow staff; ladies and gentlemen, distinguished as are you all....

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Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation Research Grants Awards Ceremony /

Dr Kim Forrester, Deputy Chair, Metro North Hospital and Health Service Board; our recently appointed Foundation Chairman, Mrs Leona Murphy; other distinguished guests; ladies and...

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Official Opening of the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest Discovery Centre /

Mayor Jamieson, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I at once also acknowledge, with respect to Elders, the traditional custodians of these lands, and I thank Mr Murphy...

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