The Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, has called for an Australian republic and same-sex marriage in the last of her Boyer Lectures, delivered just four months before she retires from the Vice-Regal role.
Bryce’s remarks came at the end of a speech titled “Advance Australia Fair”. She concluded by imagining a nation of care and equality, “where people are free to love and marry whom they choose and where, perhaps, my friends, one day, one young girl or boy may even grow up to be our nation’s first head of state”.
Bryce has been Governor-General since 2008. Appointed by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, she is the first female Governor-General.
- Listen to Bryce’s speech (29m)
Text of Governor-General Quentin Bryce’s final Boyer Lecture for the ABC.
Advance Australia Fair
One of the occasions, that spoke openly, of the diversity of Australian life and talent was the lunch I hosted to honour Her Majesty the Queen during her visit here in 2011.
Some around the table were –
- a high school principal;
- the chair of a major public company;
- a paralympic gold medallist;
- race horse trainer;
- the director of a medical research institute;
- a young female helicopter pilot
- and a young man in our Army’s SAS,
both rising through the ranks of our military;
- the founder and director of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital for women in Ethiopia;
- a senior laywoman of the Anglican Church;
- a Sister of Mercy;
- a farmer;
- an Australian-Vietnamese author and comedian;
- the CEO of a Women’s Resource Centre in the Kimberley in far north-west Australia.
All of them passionate about their work, fine advocates of its value to society, and modest narrators of their own stories of achievement.
I felt privileged to be among them, and to share in their generosity of spirit and intellect. They exemplified, the quality and breadth of contribution I see all around our country. [Read more…]