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

It is my privilege to welcome you all to this Investiture Ceremony for recipients of Australian honours, awards and bravery decorations. I extend a very warm welcome to our...

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Official Opening of St Luke’s Green /

Deputy Premier; Your Honour; Your Grace; Monsignor Meneely; other distinguished guests, and there are many of you; ladies and gentlemen. I at once acknowledge the traditional...

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Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Official Opening of the 133rd Sailing Season /

Ms Joan Pease MP; Mr Ross Vasta MP; Commodore Gallagher and Mrs Gallagher; other board members; Members, supporters and friends of this wonderfully uplifting Queensland...

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Official Opening of the Australian American Association Federal Conference /

Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to join you tonight, to extend the warmest of welcomes to everyone attending the Australian-American Association’s 2017 Federal Conference. I...

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Afternoon Tea for The Lev Vlassenko Competition and Festival /

To celebrate this very exciting week of competition, master-classes and performances, Kaye and I are delighted to host this afternoon tea to welcome the Lev Vlassenko Piano...

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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Recruit Firefighter Course Graduation Ceremony /

Minister Ryan; Ms Joan Pease MP; Acting Commissioner Wassing; senior representatives of all service organisations and our Defence Forces; ladies and gentlemen; our recruits and...

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Afternoon Reception for Alzheimer’s Australia (Queensland) /

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Kaye and I are very pleased to welcome you here today to mark Dementia Awareness Month for Alzheimer’s Australia in Queensland. We are...

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Battle for Australia Memorial Dedication Ceremony and Commemorative Service 75th Anniversary /

Representing our Premier, the Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham MP; the Honourable Cameron Dick MP;  representing the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Matthew McEacham MP; Councillors;...

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Afternoon Tea for the Presentation of His Excellency’s Student Transcripts to The University of Queensland /

Ladies and gentlemen, it is very gracious of you all to be here this afternoon – Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pearn, and I know Kaye particularly would wish me to...

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Afternoon Reception in Honour of Bravehearts /

As Patron of Bravehearts, I am very pleased that it has been possible for Kaye and me to host this afternoon reception during the most important week in the Bravehearts calendar –...

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