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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Royal Queensland Golf Club Heritage Day /

It is my great pleasure to be with you today to mark another milestone in the Royal Queensland Golf Club’s rich history. This is the sixth Heritage Day function I have attended as...

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2019 Annual ‘Ekka’ Scarecrow Competition /

Thank you, Mr Munro. I am so happy to join you today, both to celebrate the great works of creativity before us and, of course, to announce the winners of the 2019 Ekka Scarecrow...

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Luncheon in Support of Vice-Regal Patronage Organisations August 2019 /

I extend to you all the warmest of welcomes to Government House. I at once acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands around Brisbane and extend respectful wishes to Elders...

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Afternoon Tea Reception for Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl Awards Finalists /

Good afternoon. Kaye and I are delighted to welcome you all to Government House today – and to welcome back our 2018 Runner-up, Miss Georgia Hoolihan! I at once acknowledge the...

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Reception for Participants Attending the 2019 Annual Conference of Deans of the Anglican Church of Australia /

Deans, ladies and gentlemen. I am very pleased, with Kaye, to welcome you all to Government House this afternoon. Of course, we wish you well for the annual conference, and we are...

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Private Investiture Ceremony for Mrs Lynnette Gambrill OAM /

Ladies and gentlemen, I am greatly honoured to be here for today’s Investiture Ceremony. The Medal of the Order of Australia I have just presented to Mrs Gambrill is one of the...

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Reception for Outstanding Queenslanders /

Premier; Chief Justice; members of the Queensland Executive Council; Mr Speaker; 24th Governor and 25th Governor-General, Dame Quentin Bryce; 23rd Governor, Major General Peter...

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Private Investiture Ceremony for Major Francis Roy Radford OAM CSM (Ret’d) /

Ladies and gentlemen, Kaye and I are greatly honoured to be here for today’s Investiture Ceremony. The presentation of Australian Honours and Awards is one the most important of...

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Australian Festival of Chamber Music Opening Night Concert /

Member for Herbert; representing the Mayor of Townsville, Councillor Doyle; our Chair, Sandra Yates; distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.   I at once acknowledge the First...

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Planting of a Significant Specimen Tree in Sherwood Arboretum to Mark National Tree Day /

Thank you, Mr Arvidsson. Councillor Johnston, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys. Good morning to you all. Today marks National Tree Day, and I can think...

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