Speeches

May 2024

The Australian Government is committed to the continual improvement of initiatives, services and programs that support our veterans and families.
It’s a pleasure to be back in Townsville to look at how we can work together to create more housing options to support our troops and their families.

Apr 2024

Across Australia and the world, Australians gather at dawn in solemnity to pay our respects to and to thank those who have served our nation, particularly those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
We’re here today to talk about the power of volunteering.
The Veteran Games provides an opportunity for veterans to revisit their training and experience the mateship and camaraderie of their service.
Anzac Day is of the deepest significance for our nation. It is the day when we pause to remember the more than 2 million Australians who have served our nation at home and abroad, during times of war and peace.
George Sutton served in the Royal Australian Air Force for more than 30 years.

Mar 2024

I congratulate Orange City Council for this important initiative to highlight the stories of those from your city who served our nation.

Feb 2024

Today I am proud to dedicate this new sculpture on behalf of the Australian people in recognition of those who have suffered as a result of their service to our nation.
82 years ago today, at just before 9:58AM, the air was warm and humid as it often is here in the Territory.

Nov 2023

Today, 82 years on from that fateful day in 1941, we come together once more to remember and honour those men who lost their lives on board HMAS Sydney.
On a grassy knoll, in the heart of the Owen Stanley Range, just outside the village of Isurava, lies a rock. This rock, just one of many scattered through the dense mountain passes of the range, is known as Kingsbury’s Rock. It was by this rock, on August 29, 1942, that Alan Avery laid his fallen mate, Bruce Kingsbury down to rest.

Aug 2023

Today we stand under the flight path of Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport. Right now, just down the road, families are waving goodbye from the departure lounge, others are lovingly embracing friends at the arrival terminal.
Today, 57 years ago, Australians prevailed against the odds. On 18 August 1966, while patrolling the Long Tan rubber plantation, the young men of D Company, 6RAR found themselves pinned down for hours by a very large, highly disciplined contingent of the North Vietnamese Army. 
Thank you for joining me as we commemorate 30 years since this memorial was unveiled, honouring more than 500 men from Sydney who died during the Sandakan death marches in North Borneo.

Jul 2023

On this day, 70 years ago, in the small village of Panmunjom, the generals of two opposing armies lifted their pens and signed an armistice which ended three years of conflict in Korea.

Apr 2023

On 25 April 1917, a Sydney newspaper reflected on the burgeoning Anzac tradition. 
Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery Fromelles, France For Australians, when we speak of Fromelles it will always be with a sombre tone. It is the site of the greatest loss of life Australia’s armed forces ever suffered in a single day.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission British Cemetery Pozières, France Pozières is a place steeped in Australian sacrifice. It was here, from July to September 1916, that 6,800 Australians lost their lives in the Battle of Pozières.

Feb 2023

If you ever visit the Australian War Memorial, you will have the chance to see a unique Australian flag. It hangs as part of the World War Two exhibit.

Nov 2022

On a grassy knoll, in the heart of the Owen Stanley Range, just outside the village of Isurava, lies a rock.

Aug 2022

It is a great pleasure to be here today, taking part in the launch of this remarkable and important exhibition, and I would like to thank the Shrine of Remembrance for inviting me.