Queensland Parliament Reception
Premier, Acting Speaker, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Directors-General, Traditional Owners and Elders, local community and business leaders; distinguished guests; good evening.
I begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we gather, and pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging, including all First Nations people here tonight.
It is a great honour to be joining you all this evening in Cairns, to mark and celebrate the conclusion of this very special sitting week of the Queensland Parliament, where we saw the Path to Treaty Legislation pass with bipartisan support.
I also acknowledge the Notice of Motion congratulating His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty Queen Camilla on their Coronation. I was fortunate enough to attend the Coronation as a representative of all Queenslanders.
I am so pleased to be with you, because I firmly believe that Regional Parliament is a critical initiative, which brings our parliamentary system to more Queenslanders—particularly young people—who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience our democratic process in action.
Encouraging people of all ages to engage in the various activities, events and exhibitions on offer—including, of course, witnessing Parliament itself at work—helps them learn more about our State’s legislative system, and also the roles and responsibilities of those who are representing them.
Regional Parliament also brings the unique traditions that underpin a typical sitting day—the historical protocols and procedures that define the Order of Business, and the way that lively debate and discussion help shape our State’s policies and laws.
I know this week has been a busy one, with more to come including tomorrow’s Junior Indigenous Youth Parliament—which I understand is completely booked out, as was Monday’s Youth Parliament. A wonderful response.
Meeting some of the keen and excited school students earlier today, when touring the Parliamentary Precinct, reinforces my belief that the best way to learn something, is to experience it first-hand.
Therefore, I congratulate and thank all those who have made this week possible. I know it is no small feat to move an entire Parliament—including the Speaker’s Chair and President’s desk—but I know it is an effort that is much appreciated by so many.
Please enjoy this lovely evening.