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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 at Rainworth State School Brisbane

Official Visit to Rainworth State School for the 2021 Induction Ceremony for School Leaders

Principal, Mrs Martin; distinguished guests; staff, students and supporters of Rainworth State School. 

Thank you all for welcoming me back to wonderful Rainworth State School this morning. 

I thank Miss Ivy Ghidella for her acknowledgement of country; I too acknowledge the traditional owners of these lands and extend respectful greetings to Elders and emerging leaders. 

My home in Queensland’s Government House is not far from here, and since we are neighbours, I am always pleased to visit you.

Likewise, I am delighted when your students visit us, as happened late last year when some of the seniors came to Government House for the launch of our special picture book, Gavel Finds His Place. I very much look forward to reading it to the Year One students in the library after assembly.

Today is a very important occasion, with the presentation of badges to your school’s 2021 leaders – an honour that has been earned through tremendous effort and commitment. 

I congratulate you all for your achievements.

In becoming your School’s new student leaders, you take on a significant responsibility. 

The most outstanding leaders are those who listen carefully, are respectful, and encourage others to do their best.

In my seven years as Governor, I have had the privilege of meeting a great many people whom I would consider to be outstanding leaders in our State.

They live in diverse communities across Queensland, and represent all age groups, yet are united by their dedication to setting the best example they can.

While their roles may each be vastly different, they are driven by a sense of community – a deep awareness of those around them.

I encourage all of you – not just today’s badge recipients – to consider how you can help others, as you strive to achieve your own success.  

Your words and actions will have an impact on those around you; yet will also contribute to the wider reputation of your School – a School built on over 90 years of strong traditions, high expectations and a deep sense of community.

Indeed, when Rainworth State School opened back in 1928, it was said that the school “was the property of the community”, as local residents back then worked so hard to see it completed. I know this close local connection continues to thrive. 

Thank you, students and teachers, for allowing me to visit this remarkable School. I wish you, and your families, an enjoyable and safe year ahead.