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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Reception in Support of Queensland’s Arts and Cultural Community /

Distinguished guests – and there are so many of you with us tonight. Kaye and I are delighted to welcome you all here to Fernberg – including representatives of many organisations...

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Mission to Seafarers 90th Anniversary Luncheon /

Ladies and gentlemen. Kaye and I are delighted to be in Townsville, and to join you for today’s Mission to Seafarers 90th Anniversary Luncheon. We particularly acknowledge the...

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Australian Festival of Chamber Music Opening Night Reception and Concert /

Mr Scott Stewart MP; Councillors; AFCM Chair Ms Sandra Yates; Brigadier Field; all other distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. Kaye and I are delighted to be in Townsville...

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National Council of Women Queensland 2017 Bursaries Presentation /

Senator Claire Moore; Mr David Littleproud MP; Mayors and Councillors; other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I too acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands...

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Marist College Ashgrove NAIDOC Assembly /

Thank you, Headmaster McLoughlin, for your very kind introduction. My wife Kaye and I are most grateful to be welcomed into this fine School community. I thank Uncle Eric for the...

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Reception in Celebration of the 241st Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America /

Premier and Ministers, Leader of the Opposition, service chiefs – from the United States and Australian defence forces, Admiral, Captain, all distinguished guests. It is my great...

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Afternoon Reception to Farewell Mr Piers Lane AO, Artistic Director, Australian Chamber Music Festival /

Attorney-General of the Commonwealth, Senator George Brandis; Shadow Minister, Mr Ian Walker; Member for Townsville, Mr Scott Stewart; all other distinguished guests; ladies and...

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The Queensland Club Governor’s Dinner 2017 /

Ladies and gentlemen, Kaye and I are delighted to join you once again for this year’s instalment of the highly enjoyable ‘Governor’s Dinners’. I thank our President, and Mrs...

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Queensland Business Leaders’ Hall of Fame Induction Dinner 2017 /

Chair, Mr Ken MacDonald, and members of the Governing Committee; Chancellor, Mr Tim Fairfax; Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Coaldrake; all other distinguished guests – and there...

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Morning Tea to Officially Launch the Yellowish Scented Rose ‘Queensland Gold’ /

Ladies and gentlemen, it is Kaye’s and my great pleasure to welcome you all to Government House, especially if I may, President Mr Noel Prior, Curator of our wonderful Botanic...

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