12 December 2008

State Visit to East Timor by HE Ms. Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of Australia

The Australian Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste Media Alert State Visit to Timor-Leste by Australia's Governor-General H.E Ms Quentin Bryce AC:
At the invitation of the President of Timor-Leste, H.E. Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, Their Excellencies Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Mr Michael Bryce, AM AE will visit Timor-Leste from Sunday 14 December to Tuesday 16 December 2008.

During the visit, the Governor-General will meet President H.E. Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Prime Minister H.E Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, President of Parliament H.E Fernando Lasama de Araujo and the Secretary-General of Fretilin H.E Dr Mari Alkatiri.

The Governor-General will also address the National Parliament; lunch with H.E. Madame Kirsty Sword-Gusmao and other prominent Timorese women; participate in a roundtable with students at the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL); and meet Australian police and soldiers serving in Timor-Leste.

The Governor-General will travel to Maubara to visit a Community Health Clinic and Birthing Centre on 16 December. Journalists requiring transport to Maubara are kindly requested to contact Tim Stapleton on 723 1655 or Almerio Vieira on 732 1318.

The table below lists media opportunities during the visit.

Sunday 14 December: 1.30 pm Nicolau Lobato International Airport
Governor-General Ms Quentin Bryce and Mr Michael Bryce arrive in Dili to ceremonial welcome
Photo opportunity on tarmac as delegation disembarks and is welcomed. Journalists gather from 12pm outside VIP lounge.

5.30pm International Stabilisation Force’s Heliport base Tour of base and dinner at Heliport with Australian troops Photo opportunity. All journalists seeking access to Heliport must contact Simone Heyer, ISF Public Affairs Officer on 723 3078. Journalists gather from 5pm outside entrance to Heliport.

Monday 15 December: 9.10 am Office of the President, Farol Meeting with H.E. President Jose Ramos-Horta Photo opportunity in the President’s Office at beginning of the meeting.

10.00 am National Parliament Meeting with President of the National Parliament, H.E. Mr Fernando Lasama de Araujo Photo opportunity with the President and Vice Presidents of Parliament at the entrance to Parliament.

10.25 am National Parliament National Anthems played and Governor-General addresses National Parliament Photo opportunity/sound grab. Journalists must be seated at the rear of the plenary.

11.30 am Palaçio do Governo Meeting with Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao
Photo opportunity at the beginning of meeting and during the exchange of gifts at the end.

12.10 pm Hotel Esplanada Speeches by H.E Madame Kirsty Sword-Gusmao and Governor-General at lunch for senior Timorese women Photo opportunity / sound grab.

1.40 pm Timor-Leste University Round table discussion with university students and radio interview at university radio station Photo opportunity / sound grab (tbc)

6.30 pm President’s residence, Area Branca Official reception Sound grab. President’s welcome and response by Governor-General.

Tuesday 16 December
10.20 am Community Health Clinic Maubara Governor-General visits Community Health Centre and Birthing Clinic Photo opportunity. (Journalists may not be able to enter the Health Centre/Birthing Clinic due to space constraints)

11.15 am Maubara Handicraft stalls Governor-General visits artists and stall holders
Photo opportunity

12.00 pm Maubara landing zone Governor-General departs for Dili
Photo opportunity only

12.45 pm Alola Foundation Governor-General visits Alola Foundation with H.E Kirsty Sword Gusmão, Roaming Ambassador for Education Photo opportunity only. Journalists to gather outside the Alola Foundation from 12:00pm.

2.00 pm Nicolau Lobato International Airport Governor-General and President hold joint press conference Photo opportunity/ sound grab/questions. Journalists gather from 1:30pm outside VIP lounge (to be confirmed).

2.45 pm Nicolau Lobato International Airport Governor-General and Mr Bryce depart Dili
Photo opportunity only
Embaixada Australia
Dili, Timor-Leste

Atensaun ba Media

Vizita de Estadu S.E. Sra. Quentin Bryce AC, Governadora-Jeral Australia mai Timor-Leste husi loron Domingo 14 to'o Tersa-feira 16 fulan Dezembru:

Oportunidade ba Media

S.E Sra Quentin Bryce AC, Governadora-Jeral Australia no S.E. Sr Michael Bryce, AM AE sei hala'o vizita mai Timor-Leste husi Domingo 14 fulan Dezembru to'o Tersa-feira 16 fulan Dezembru hanesan konvidadus Prezidenti Timor-Leste S.E. Dr Jose Ramos-Horta.

Durante vizita ne'e, Governadora-Jeral Australia sei halo sorumutu ho Prezidenti S.E. Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Primeiru Ministru S.E Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, Prezidenti Parlamentu nian S.E Fernando Lasama de Araujo no mos Sekretariu-Jeral FRETILIN, S.E Dr Mari Alkatiri.

Governadora-Jeral mos sei hato'o diskursu iha Parlamento Nasional; han almosu ho S.E. Madame Kirsty Sword-Gusmao no mos feto Timor importante seluk; no sei dada-lia hamutuk ho estudante sira husi Universidade Nasional Timor-Leste (UNTL); no mos hasoru malu ho poli­sia no militar Australia ne'ebe halo hela sira nia knaar iha Timor-Leste.

Governadora-Jeral sei ba Maubara hodi vizita Kinika Komunidadi Saude nian iha loron 16 fulan Dezembru. Journalista sira ne'ebe presiza transporte husi Dili ba Maubara bele halo kontaktu ho Tim Stapleton, telemovel 723 1655 ka Almerio Vieira, telemovel 732 1318.

Tabela ne'ebe iha annexu hatudu oportunidade hotu ba media durante vizita ida-ne'e.
Image: Crest of the Office of the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AC Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia BA. LLB (Qld). Hon LLD (Macquarie). Hon DLitt (Charles Sturt). Hon DUniv (Griffith). Hon DU (QUT). Hon LLD (Qld)

Quentin Bryce was born in Brisbane in 1942 and spent her early years in Ilfracombe, a small town in Central Western Queensland. In 1965, she graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from The University of Queensland and, in the same year, was admitted to the Queensland Bar. She has since enjoyed a rich and distinguished career as an academic, lawyer, community and human rights advocate, senior public officer, university college principal, and vice-regal representative in Queensland, and now Australia.

Ms Bryce’s former roles – some, among firsts for women in this country – include:

• Lecturer and Tutor in Law, The University of Queensland, 1968-1983
• Convenor, National Women’s Advisory Council, 1982-1984
• Inaugural Director, Queensland Women’s Information Service, Office of the Status of Women, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, 1984-1987
• Director, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Queensland, 1987-1988
• Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 1988-1993
• founding Chair and CEO, National Childcare Accreditation Council, 1993-1996
• Principal and CEO, The Women's College, University of Sydney, 1997-2003
• Governor of Queensland, 2003-2008

Quentin Bryce’s contribution to advancing human rights and equality, the rights of women and children, and the welfare of the family was recognised in her appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988 and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2003. Also in 2003, she was invested as a Dame of Grace of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.

Ms Bryce was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Macquarie University (New South Wales) in 1998, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Charles Sturt University (New South Wales) in 2002, and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by The University of Queensland in 2006. She was conferred with the degrees of Honorary Doctor of the University by Griffith University (Queensland) in 2003, and Queensland University of Technology in 2004.

In her civic role as Governor of Queensland, Ms Bryce continued her work with women, families and young people while extending her influence across the State’s broad and diverse spectrum, including the rural, regional, aged, indigenous, migrant, and disability sectors.

As a mother and grandmother, Quentin is a role model and mentor to women at every stage of their lives. She values and encourages women’s capacity to form strong and enduring bonds of friendship, intellectual and emotional enrichment, and mutual support in their roles within the family, workplace and community.

On 5 September 2008 Quentin Bryce was sworn in as Australia’s twenty-fifth Governor-General. As the first woman to take up the office, she remains a pioneer in contemporary Australian society, and yet one who brings more than forty years of experience in reform, community building and leadership to the role.

Quentin Bryce and her husband, Michael, were married in 1964. They have two daughters and three sons, and five grandchildren.

ETLJB salutes HE Ms Quentin Bryce AC.

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