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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Queensland Volunteering Awards Presentation and Recognition Ceremony /

Minister; Shadow Minister; other distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. I am thrilled to join Volunteering Queensland for this marvellous occasion to celebrate and publicly...

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Reception for the 10th Anniversary of the University of Southern Queensland School of Law and Justice /

Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mortensen, other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for the very kind invitation that I join you in this wonderful City...

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Reception in Support of White Ribbon’s Campaign to End Domestic Violence against Women /

Your Grace and Dr Aspinall; Directors-General; Commissioner; other distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. Dame Quentin Bryce was at Government House earlier today, and she...

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Afternoon Reception to thank Supporters and Sponsors of Foodbank Queensland /

Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests as are you all. It gives Kaye and me great pleasure to welcome you to Government House this afternoon. As Patron of Foodbank Queensland,...

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Reception to Honour Survivors of the USS Lexington (CV2) – Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942 /

It is a great honour to welcome you all to Government House today. The presence of our 24th Queensland Governor and 25th Governor-General, Dame Quentin Bryce, and Mr Michael...

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Logan Loves Volunteers Thank You Breakfast and Volunteer Awards /

Thank you, Mayor Smith. I too join in acknowledging here this morning our Premier and Ministers; other distinguished guests; and the many wonderful volunteers in whose honour we...

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

It is my great honour to welcome you to Fernberg, to ‘the people’s  house’ in Queensland. I at once acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands around Brisbane, the...

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

It is my great honour, with Kaye, to welcome to Fernberg this afternoon our recipients and their proud supporters, and our official guests. I at once acknowledge the Traditional...

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Battle of the Coral Sea 75th Memorial Dinner /

Mr Speaker; guests, distinguished as are you all. May I particularly extend a very warm Queensland welcome to our American friends here tonight, including Mr Wiswell. As I begin,...

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

Kaye and I are delighted to welcome you all to Government House –our deserving awardees, our special guests, and the rows of proud faces right in front of me. I at once...

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