Speeches

Opening address to the Blenheim Partners and MGSM Insight Series, Sydney

9 December 2015

Introduction It is wonderful to be here at, I understand, the inaugural event for Blenheim and MGSM in launching this really interesting report which I had the good fortune to read through last night. One of the great take-outs of this report for me was your analysis around risk and reward. Mathias Cormann, who I […]

Keynote address to the Third Annual Women in Leadership Summit, Melbourne

7 December 2015

“A great wind is blowing, and that either gives you imagination or a headache.” Thus spoke Catherine the Great, an 18th Century monarch, change agent, philosopher and conqueror. A visionary female leader in a very male dominated world. In this quotation she made it clear that people respond differently to the often searing winds of […]

Address to the COSBOA Business Leaders Dinner, Canberra

24 November 2015

When I think about small businesses I often think about the more than 4.5 million people employed by the more than 2 million small businesses that operate in this country, and the fact that those small businesses really deliver for our economy, more than $340 billion each and every year. They are the corner shop […]

Address at the Industry Summit hosted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection

19 November 2015

Today is an opportunity to exchange ideas, drive innovation and explore new trade opportunities. We want business to be in the best position to take advantage of the new global gateway created by Australia's new export agreements. A global gateway that is right on our doorstep. A thriving business sector We've always been a nation […]

Address to the Financial Services Council BT Political Breakfast Series, The Ivy, Sydney

16 November 2015

I very much appreciate the opportunity to speak with you today about a subject that is the life blood of our economy - our financial system. A strong and stable financial system is critical to Australia’s prosperity and the prospects of all Australians. After all, the biggest decisions that we will make in life are […]

Shop Small Launch 2015, Greville Street, Melbourne

2 November 2015

It is wonderful to be here in the heart of Higgins to be able to launch the third Shop Small campaign. This means that right throughout November, we’re inviting all Australians to shop small, but shop big. We don’t just want them to shop small in November, but right throughout the year. Small Business really […]

Address to the Victorian 3rd Annual Tax Forum, Tax Institute, Melbourne

9 October 2015

Introductory remarks It’s wonderful to be here in Melbourne, in my hometown, in my new job as Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer. The Tax Institute is a leader in tax education in our country, so I’m really delighted to be with you for the close of your Victorian forum. I’m very confident that […]

Address to Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Breakfast, Sydney

8 October 2015

I’m delighted to join you this morning to be able to address you and address Australia’s largest peak business body. You have tremendous reach and responsibility at ACCI. You’ve been vocal leaders and advocates in business ever since 1992, the last time Australia experienced a recession. Since then, we’ve had an extraordinary run of growth. […]

Asialink Business Starter Pack Launch

1 October 2015

Thank you for inviting me to launch the Asialink Business Country Starter Packs today in my capacity as Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer. I’m sorry that I’m not able to be there to launch them in person, but I’m delighted to be able to launch them anyway, thanks to technology. Technology has changed […]

Address to the National Foundation for Australian Women, Annual Dinner

28 July 2015

In Australia we often refer to the concept of a ‘fair go’. While it does mean different things to different people, I certainly believe that it means that we strive for equality of opportunity in our nation regardless of gender, race, class or creed. The freedoms and choices that Australia has provided to date have […]

Address to the Melbourne University Transforming Housing Affordable Housing Summit

1 May 2015

The 1997 hit movie The Castle was a great success because it tapped deep into the Australian psyche. A story about a man and his love for his home. To Darryl Kerrigan, his house was not just ‘a structure of bricks and mortar’, but a physical manifestation of a secure loving family. Some eighteen years […]

Speech to the Innovations in Infrastructure Symposium, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

5 March 2015

Introduction Thank you Elana for the introduction. Good morning ladies and gentlemen and thank you to Industry Super Australia for bringing together such a diverse group of people who have a common interest in developments in infrastructure policy. Why infrastructure is important Australia's population is growing and the world's population is growing. The UN estimates […]

Striking of coins for the Cook Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu

4 March 2015

Good morning Your Royal Highness, Your Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen. As the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer of the Australian Government, it is a pleasure to be here representing the Australian Government and welcoming you, with CEO Ross MacDiarmid, to the Royal Australian Mint. And what a place it is - I must tell […]

Address to the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Australian Mint, Canberra

21 February 2015

Thank you, Adam. I would like to acknowledge the Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners of the land we stand upon here today. I would like to welcome my colleagues Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, and the ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr. I would like to thank the Royal Australian Mint CEO Mr Ross MacDiarmid for […]

‘Housing: Supply, affordability and investment’ – Address to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia

20 February 2015

The 1997 hit movie The Castle was a great success because it tapped deep into the Australian psyche. A story about a man and his love for his home. To Darryl Kerrigan, his house was not just ‘a structure of bricks and mortar’, but a physical manifestation of a secure loving family. Some eighteen years […]

‘Looking to the future: fairness, families and free enterprise’ – Address at the Centre for Independent Studies leadership lunch, Sydney

16 February 2015

Introductory remarks Thank you for this opportunity to speak to you today. It is a great honour. The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) has been at the forefront of thought leadership for more than 38 years. Its influence on Australian political and economic debate has, and continues to be, significant - not only in providing […]