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.

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Afternoon tea for Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl Awards finalists /

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to welcome the finalists of the 2018 Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl Awards to Government House this afternoon. Kaye and I invite you...

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Official opening of the Charters Towers Show /

Thank you, Mr McLachlan, for your kind introduction, and welcome to our elected representatives, our Mayor Liz Schmidt, Show Society members including our President Mr Lachlan...

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Australian Festival of Chamber Music opening night reception and concert /

Kaye and I are always delighted to have the opportunity to visit Townsville, and a chance to attend the Australian Festival of Chamber Music requires little encouragement! This...

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Reception for the Queensland University Regiment 70th birthday /

President QUR Association, Brigadier Luttrell; Patron of the Association, Brigadier Harrison; Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Denner; Commanding Officer 9th Battalion Royal...

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Queensland Club Governor’s Dinner /

Mr President . . .  It is a wonderful tribute to the Office of Governor, ladies and gentlemen, that you choose to join Kaye and me tonight, and thank you Mr President for again...

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Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Induction Dinner /

Thank you, Mr Weekes, for your kind introduction, and I extend a warm welcome to our Hall of Fame committee members, our outstanding inductees, and tonight’s presenters. I also...

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Morning tea for Brisbane Grammar School sesquicentenary celebrations /

Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Headmaster; students past and present; ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for the warm welcome you have extended to me on this important day in the...

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Reception for the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference /

Ladies and gentleman, it is a pleasure as Governor of Queensland for me and my wife Kaye to welcome you to Fernberg – and indeed to the State. I know the Speaker of the...

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Official opening of Project Dignity 120, Springfield /

Thank you, Mr Burrell, for your kind introduction. I too acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we gather, and their Elders past and present. I am honoured as...

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Commemoration service for Operation RIMAU /

Representatives from the Australian Commando Association both nationally and here in Queensland; veterans; ladies and gentlemen. Good morning, and thank you for inviting me to...

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