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  • 75th Anniversary of Fall of Singapore Commemorative Service

    *FULL SPEECH* As Patron of the 8th Australian Division Association, I am honoured to address you at today’s final Fall of Singapore service here at the Cenotaph. We gather today on the lands of the Gadigal people - to whom we...

  • Soldier On K9 Support Program National Launch

    *FULL SPEECH* I welcome everyone here to Government House which stands on the land of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. I acknowledge the Gadigal People as our traditional custodians and I pay my respects to their Elders, past and...

  • WugulOra Indigenous Ceremony

    *FULL SPEECH* It is an honour to address you at our 2017 WugulOra Ceremony this morning, a ceremony we are holding in the 50th Anniversary year of the 1967 Referendum. I acknowledge that we stand on Gadigal land and I pay my...

  • Message - Australia Day

    On this Australia Day 2017, we mark the 50th anniversary year of the 1967 Referendum which was a pivotal event in the life of our nation. The ‘Yes’ result was the most supported and successful Referendum decision in our history. As...

  • Fire & Rescue NSW Transfer of Command Ceremony

    *FULL SPEECH* Linda and I are delighted to be here today. Before I continue, I too, would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land that we are on - the Gadigal people of the Eora...

  • Sydney Festival Reception

    *FULL SPEECH* As we gather here this evening, we are mindful that we stand on the land of the Gadigal people whose Elders, past and present, we acknowledge and to whom we pay our respects. I pay my respects to all...

  • Engineering Aid Australia’s Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS) Reception

    *FULL SPEECH* I, too, would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land on which we gather, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and thank Uncle Chicka for his warm Welcome to Country. I affirm my...

  • Public Education Foundation Reception

    *FULL SPEECH* If we went back in time a couple of centuries and more, the view of this land towards Woccanmagully (Farm Cove), the land of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, would look very different. The Gadigal People used the land...

  • MIKTA Reception

    *FULL SPEECH* I, too, pay my respects to the Gadigal Elders, past and present and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of our nation. I am delighted to welcome the Foreign Ministers and delegations from Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and...

  • C E W Bean Foundation Dinner

    *FULL SPEECH* Firstly, I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land on which we gather, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and I acknowledge their Elders, past and present, and all Aboriginal people who...

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