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 Council of Social Service Reception

Kaye and I are very pleased to welcome you all to Government House this evening. We are pleased to welcome back Liza Carroll, the Director-General of Housing, and Mark Henley, your CEO, who were both here recently.

This reception is particularly important to me because, as Governor, I am committed to enhancing social cohesion and encouraging Queenslanders to build thriving, equitable communities.

With this commitment in mind, I was very pleased to accept the invitation to become the vice-regal Patron of QCOSS last year when I was appointed as Governor. This role, as the representative of Her Majesty The Queen in our State, enables me to provide support at the highest level for the Council as a peak body in the vital work it does to reduce poverty and disadvantage.

The individuals and representatives of organisations here tonight are all too aware of the bleak statistics — fourteen point eight per cent of our fellow Queenslanders currently live in poverty and almost twenty thousand are homeless.

In these circumstances, it is no surprise to see almost sixty areas of activity listed on the Council’s website under the deceptively simple heading of ‘Our Work’. The list begins with ‘A’ for work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and continues all the way to ‘Y’ for programs for young people. In between, it lists every key area where QCOSS is implementing practical, outcomes-based programs, whether it be domestic and family violence, homelessness, or the unmet demand for services for our culturally and ethnically diverse communities.

If the Council could only add an activity beginning with ‘Z’, they’d be able to claim an all-encompassing ‘A to Z’ — but whether it’s ‘A to Z’ or ‘A to Y’, the scope of activity is undeniably exceptional and, on behalf of all Queenslanders, I sincerely thank the Board, staff, and members QCOSS, as well as the vital sponsors, funders, and partner organisations in the community service sector.

I am optimistic that through early intervention, the support of local communities, and long-term goals, QCOSS and its collaborators can make genuine progress towards resolving many of the scourges that blight contemporary Australian society. And I am confident that the vision of a Queensland free of poverty and disadvantage can be achieved if, together, we acknowledge and confront these challenges with courage, commitment and compassion.