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 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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Visit to Quilpie State College, Quilpie /

Thank you for inviting me to visit your school today. It is one of my favourite things to do when I go to a place, because it tells me so much about the town. Your school is at...

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Official Opening of the Upgraded Terminal at Quilpie Airport, Quilpie Shire /

Mayor, distinguished guests, all, it is a very great pleasure for Kaye and me to join you in Quilpie today for this important event. The affectionate term ‘big country’ has been...

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Official Opening of the New Terminal and Runway Lighting System Upgrade at Thargomindah Airport /

Mayor, ladies and gentlemen, Kaye and I are delighted to join you today in the heart of Bulloo Shire for this important event. As a child, I lived with my schoolteacher parents in...

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Queensland Volunteering Awards /

Member for Redlands; Shadow Minister; other distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. Last weekend in Northern Queensland a young boy in football boots threw his sandwich...

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Afternoon Tea for National Palliative Care Week /

Distinguished guests, all. It is a great pleasure for Kaye and me to welcome you here to Government House for this special afternoon tea to mark National Palliative Care Week and...

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

Representing the Premier, Ms Kim Richards MP; Representing the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Trevor Watts MP; Commissioner, Deputy-Commissioner, Distinguished guests, ladies and...

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