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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Private Investiture Ceremony for Mrs Irene Edwards OAM /

Brisbane City Councillor, Ryan Murphy; ladies and gentleman. As Governor of Queensland, I gladly and proudly present to you today, Mrs Irene Edwards, one of the highest honours an...

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Official opening of the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show /

Sunshine Coast Council Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer, and fellow Councillors; Federal Member for Fairfax, Mr Ted O’Brien MP; President of the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show, Councillor...

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Morning tea to farewell the 'Diamantina, Lady Bowen' portrait /

I thank you all kindly for lending the beautiful Diamantina to Government House and to the people of Queensland, almost fifteen hundred of whom met Lady Bowen on Open Day last...

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Official opening of 'The Verlie Just Collection' /

Chief Justice of Queensland Catherine Holmes; Honourable Justices; The Honourable George Fryberg QC; Ms Jeraldene Just; exhibition curator Mr Michael Phillips; distinguished...

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

Minister Farmer, representing our Premier; former Governors of Queensland; Mr James Lister MP, representing the Leader of the Opposition; Your Honours; Commander McConnell; Church...

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Presentation of uniforms to members of the Down Syndrome Swimming Australia team /

Chair of Down Syndrome Swimming Australia, Ms Amanda Kerby; Members of the Board; members of the team; special guests; ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, It is wonderful to...

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Afternoon Reception for MS Queensland in honour of World MS Day and MS Queensland's 60th Anniversary /

Minister, Shadow Minister, Member for Pine Rivers, Chairmen, Members of the Board, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Kaye and I are delighted to welcome you all to...

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2018 National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards /

Minister Enoch; Councillor Howard, representing the Lord Mayor of Brisbane; National Trust Queensland President, Dr Ian Galloway and Members of the Board; distinguished guests;...

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Afternoon Reception in support of Kidsafe Queensland /

Minister, Shadow Ministers, Councillor, ladies and gentlemen, Kaye and I are delighted to welcome you all to Government House. It is our great pleasure to host this reception in...

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Visit to St Finbarr's Parish Primary School, Quilpie /

Principal McNair, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it is wonderful to be back in a country primary school. I lived in country centres until I was eleven or twelve years old,...

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