Selected Speeches and Messages
Friday, 22 May 2020
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…
Thursday, 21 May 2020
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…
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…
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…
Saturday, 18 April 2020
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…
Thursday, 9 April 2020
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,…
Sunday, 5 April 2020
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…
Thursday, 26 March 2020
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…
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
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…