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Thai king honoured at Brisbane memorial

AAP logoAAP 22/10/2016

Federal Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has paid tribute to Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej at a memorial service in Brisbane.

King Adulyadej died in a Bangkok hospital on October 13 aged 88, having reigned for 70 years.

Mr Dutton praised the monarch, saying he had done much to bring the two countries together

"While Australia's relationship with Thailand dates to before Federation, it was in 1952, under King Bhumibol, that formal diplomatic relations commenced between our two nations," Mr Dutton said on Saturday.

"Since this time, Thailand has welcomed Australians, including some 900,000 in the last year alone. In turn, Australia has welcomed and been enriched by the many Thai people who have come here to study, work, holiday and live."

Mr Dutton was joined at the service by a number of dignitaries, including Thailand's ambassador to Australia Chirachai Punkrasin and Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey.

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