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  • Eid ul-Fitr Message 2020

    Friday, 22 May 2020

    Assalamu Alaykum

    As we approach Eid ul-Fitr and the end of the holy month of Ramadan, I extend my best wishes to all members of the New South Wales Muslim community.

    This year’s observance of Ramadan has been a very different experience without…

  • Welcome Remarks for the Inaugural Ideas@theHouse

    Thursday, 21 May 2020

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    Welcome to Government House.

    It is a pleasure to welcome you, as Patron, to this Royal Society of New South Wales ‘webinar’.   

    Indeed, it seems entirely appropriate as we explore our topic today with ‘zoom’ technology that the subject of…

  • ANZAC Day Commemoration Service

    Saturday, 25 April 2020

    I am honoured to represent the people of New South Wales on this national day of remembrance and to acknowledge the veterans, families and communities around the State who are marking ANZAC Day 2020. 

    The ANZAC Memorial, where this ceremony is…

  • Coloured Digger ANZAC Day Commemorative Gathering

    Saturday, 25 April 2020

    On this day of commemoration, I pay my respects to Elders of this land, past, present and emerging and I especially acknowledge the Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group, the initiators of this ceremony, the first of which was held 14 years…

  • ANZAC Day 2020 Message

    Saturday, 18 April 2020

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    Gordon Short was a war time photographer, renowned for his ability to capture the ‘action and warmth’ of the moment. And so it is with this photograph, taken in Park St in the city on 15 August 1945 and…

  • Easter Message 2020

    Thursday, 9 April 2020

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    For many, the upcoming long weekend will be unlike any other.  For our common good, the “Great Australian Easter Getaway” will become the “Great Easter Stay at Home”.

    Gatherings of family and friends will see everyone in their own homes,…

  • COVID-19 Message, 5 April 2020

    Sunday, 5 April 2020

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    After COVID-19 is over we will appreciate the great Australian outdoors more than ever.

    But at the moment, most of us are spending a great proportion of our time indoors and connecting remotely with our family and friends and with…

  • COVID-19 Message, 26 March 2020

    Thursday, 26 March 2020

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    The COVID-19 crisis continues to worsen.  Increasing numbers of people have been diagnosed with the virus and, very sadly, we have now had 11 deaths nationally and 6 here in New South Wales.  To the families and loved ones…

  • COVID-19 Message, 18 March 2020

    Wednesday, 18 March 2020

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    In my Australia Day address this year I said that in the community’s response to drought and bushfires ‘We had seen the best of Australians’ and that we needed ‘to continue to be the best of Australians’.  

    At that time…

  • United Way Australia - Informal Launch of Major Gifts Program: Emphasising Commitment to Early Childhood Literacy

    Monday, 16 March 2020

    Thank you, Liz Dibbs, Chair, United Way Australia – and David Tudehope – for welcoming us.

    The Honourable Gabrielle Upton MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier
    Mr Clayton Noble, Chief Executive Officer, United Way Australia
    I too convey my respects to the traditional…

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