Speakers’ Corner was officially dedicated by Speaker John Mickel on 28 October 2010.
Speakers’ Corner is a space devoted to encouraging Queenslanders to speak and engage in open and vigorous debate. Located in the George Street forecourt just outside of Parliament House, Speakers’ Corner is a legacy project for the people of Queensland to mark their Parliament’s 150th anniversary.
Speaker Mickel had earlier unveiled the project as part of the Queensland Parliament’s 150th anniversary celebrations on 22 May 2010. On that date the Speakers’ Corner plaque was displayed and the first sod of the project was turned.
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Speakers’ Corner plaque featuring a quote from the first Speaker of the Queensland Parliament, the Honourable Gilbert Eliott CMG MLA. This quote which was made during the Queensland Parliament’s first meeting on 22 May 1860 calls for “mutual forbearance and self-control” during debates.
Speaker John Mickel during the official launch of Speakers’ Corner.
The launch of Speakers’ Corner was jointly performed by Members of Parliament and the stonemasons who performed the work on this project.
Speakers’ Corner plaque and inlay, outside Parliament House
Members of the Queensland Parliament join with Speaker Mickel at Speakers’ Corner.