Memorial Service in honour of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand
We gather today at a sad and solemn time for the people of Thailand and for Australians of Thai heritage, to mark the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Through his long reign, he was steadfast in his devotion to the welfare of the Thai people.
He was held in the highest esteem in the region and internationally.
So great was his impact for the good that he was recognised by the United Nations Development Program with the first ever Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award.
His Majesty was a friend of Australia, and we reflect with gladness on his ties to our State. In 1962, His Majesty and Queen Sirikit visited Brisbane, attending a Reception and garden party at Parliament House. While in Queensland he visited what was then known as the Gatton Agricultural College - an appropriate destination, given his deep knowledge and longstanding commitment to agricultural science and education.
In 1998, Griffith University awarded the degree of Honorary Doctor of the University to His Majesty, in recognition of his contribution to the development of education in Thailand and his great care for his people.
This award, from a University renowned for its expertise and involvement in the Asia Pacific region, reflects the high esteem with which His Majesty was regarded within our institutions.
On behalf of the people of Queensland, on whose behalf it is my privilege to speak, I extend to the Thai Royal Family and to the people of Thailand our sincere condolences on their great loss.