Investiture Ceremony - 11 May, 2022 (10am)
I begin by acknowledging our official guests; Representing the Commissioner, Queensland Police Service, Assistant Commissioner Katherine Innes APM; National President, Australian Bravery Association, Mr Andrew Kendall; Representing the Chair, Order of Australia Association, Mr Darryl Seccombe OAM.
May I also acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which we gather, the Turrbul and Jagera people, and pay respect to their Elders past and present, and emerging. I would also like to extend my respect to any First Nations people here with us today.
I warmly welcome you to Government House as we celebrate a very special occasion—the awarding of Australian Honours and Awards to 16 outstanding Queenslanders.
Formal investiture ceremonies are significant events for all of us, because they highlight how the extraordinary efforts of individuals are helping to strengthen our nation’s ideals and aspirations. The awards are symbols of exemplary commitment, and I am therefore proud, as the representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in this State, to continue to uphold this important tradition.
Today we honour men and women who have contributed to our communities in diverse ways—as we celebrate the achievements of members of the Queensland Police Service, alongside those of civilians who come from areas of health and support to the LGBTQIA Community.
Despite the obvious differences in what you do, and the reasons why you are receiving your awards, you are each united by a profound resolve to serve others.
This means that you have demonstrated qualities of exceptional dedication, and have made a contribution that has been identified by your peers or colleagues as being above and beyond what duty itself demands.
“Service” is a powerful word, because it encompasses the admirable qualities of diligence, industry and effort, but also those of kindness, courage and sacrifice.
Through your actions, you are each helping to build stronger communities, where people can live in safety and in harmony, feel valued and enjoy improved lives.
By being such remarkable leaders, you are enhancing our communities, whether this is by helping those who do not have strong voices or are vulnerable, or by using your deep skills, knowledge and expertise to bring about positive change.
Service may also come at great personal risk, as demonstrated so vividly by many of the awards being bestowed today.
As role models, you are demonstrating to the next generation of Queenslanders the achievements that are possible through determination and selflessness.
I am delighted we are able to bring you all together today, so the family and friends who have supported and encouraged you along the way can share this celebration with you.
On behalf of all Queenslanders, I congratulate and commend you for your efforts, and for making such a beneficial difference to the lives of others.
I also encourage you to wear these medals and decorations with pride, as they are potent symbols of what individuals can accomplish for the greater good.
You have made Queensland proud. Thank you.