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

Honours and Awards within the Australian Honours System - Investiture Ceremony (Townsville) for Residents of Queensland /

It is my privilege to welcome you all to this Investiture Ceremony for recipients of Australian honours, awards and bravery decorations. I extend a very warm welcome to our...

Read speech

Official Opening of St Luke’s Green /

Deputy Premier; Your Honour; Your Grace; Monsignor Meneely; other distinguished guests, and there are many of you; ladies and gentlemen. I at once acknowledge the traditional...

Read speech

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Official Opening of the 133rd Sailing Season /

Ms Joan Pease MP; Mr Ross Vasta MP; Commodore Gallagher and Mrs Gallagher; other board members; Members, supporters and friends of this wonderfully uplifting Queensland...

Read speech

Official Opening of the Australian American Association Federal Conference /

Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to join you tonight, to extend the warmest of welcomes to everyone attending the Australian-American Association’s 2017 Federal Conference. I...

Read speech

Afternoon Tea for The Lev Vlassenko Competition and Festival /

To celebrate this very exciting week of competition, master-classes and performances, Kaye and I are delighted to host this afternoon tea to welcome the Lev Vlassenko Piano...

Read speech

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Recruit Firefighter Course Graduation Ceremony /

Minister Ryan; Ms Joan Pease MP; Acting Commissioner Wassing; senior representatives of all service organisations and our Defence Forces; ladies and gentlemen; our recruits and...

Read speech

Afternoon Reception for Alzheimer’s Australia (Queensland) /

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Kaye and I are very pleased to welcome you here today to mark Dementia Awareness Month for Alzheimer’s Australia in Queensland. We are...

Read speech

Battle for Australia Memorial Dedication Ceremony and Commemorative Service 75th Anniversary /

Representing our Premier, the Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham MP; the Honourable Cameron Dick MP;  representing the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Matthew McEacham MP; Councillors;...

Read speech

Afternoon Tea for the Presentation of His Excellency’s Student Transcripts to The University of Queensland /

Ladies and gentlemen, it is very gracious of you all to be here this afternoon – Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pearn, and I know Kaye particularly would wish me to...

Read speech

Afternoon Reception in Honour of Bravehearts /

As Patron of Bravehearts, I am very pleased that it has been possible for Kaye and me to host this afternoon reception during the most important week in the Bravehearts calendar –...

Read speech