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

Presentation of the Queen’s Guide and Adult Good Service Awards /

Speech by Mrs Kaye de Jersey As Patron of Girl Guides Queensland it is my pleasure and honour to welcome you to Government House for this evening’s ceremony. I acknowledge members...

Read speech

Australian Citizenship Ceremony /

Representing the Premier of Queensland, Ms Jessica Pugh MP; representing the Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Amanda Stoker;...

Read speech

Afternoon tea to thank Commonwealth Games stakeholders /

Minister, Commissioner, ladies and gentlemen, It is a pleasure for Kaye and me to celebrate with you all today the successful and most memorable delivery of Queensland’s largest...

Read speech

Presentation of the Lady Bowen Trust Grants /

Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport, the Honourable Mick de Brenni MP; Members of the Lady Bowen Board of Advice; Chief...

Read speech

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...

Read speech

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...

Read speech

Farewell to 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...

Read speech

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...

Read speech

Reception in honour of 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...

Read speech

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...

Read speech