Speeches

April 8th, 2015 | Speeches

It’s terrific to be here to represent the Prime Minister at Soldier On Headquarters and an honour to be in the presence of veterans who have given so much to our country. I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of our recent Veterans and each and every one of them possesses […]

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March 31st, 2015 | Speeches

It is a great pleasure to address this conference of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. For more than a decade, ASPI has positioned itself as a significant contributor to the national security debate in Australia and our nation is richer for this contribution. Your contribution has gone beyond ASPI’s role […]

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March 25th, 2015 | Speeches

*** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY ***   ADELAIDE CONVENTION CENTRE 9.25AM, 25 MARCH 2015 INTRODUCTION Distinguished guests, industry leaders, thank you for this opportunity. It is a great pleasure to address the Royal United Services Institute, one of the great contributors to the national security debate in Australia. This is a […]

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March 21st, 2015 | Speeches

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Good morning His Excellency, the Hon Alex Chernov AC QC, Governor of Victoria. The Hon Daniel Andrews MLA, Premier of Victoria. INTRODUCTION Operation SLIPPER commenced – as part of an allied response – following the terrible attacks against the United States on 11 September 2001. As a nation, we express or […]

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March 18th, 2015 | Speeches

Llewellyn Hall, The Australian National University 18 MARCH 2015 Good morning. I extend a warm welcome to some special guests amongst us today: His Excellency Mr Reha Keskintepe, Turkish Ambassador to Australia Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO, Australian National University Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (ret’d), National President of […]

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February 26th, 2015 | Speeches

Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise today to update the Parliament and the Australian people about Australia’s missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. IRAQ – OVERVIEW Last month the Prime Minister and I visited Iraq and the Middle East Region. This was my first opportunity as Minister for Defence to visit our […]

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December 17th, 2014 | Speeches

Like many here, I am deeply saddened at the incident that took place at the Lindt Café in Martin Place, Sydney. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the innocent victims of this horrendous act, and particularly to the families of the two hostages that lost their lives. We also […]

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December 2nd, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Minister Keenan. I would also like to acknowledge my Parliamentary colleagues, including Minister Cash and distinguished guests present here today. Today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, a date that marks the adoption of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in […]

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November 13th, 2014 | Speeches

Good morning and thank you Noel and Tony for your invitation to address TasCOSS today and for the work you do as the President and Chief Executive, respectively. It’s great to be in Tasmania and it’s great to be here to be with you today at your conference. Ageing Population […]

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November 11th, 2014 | Speeches

Ladies and Gentlemen Good morning Thank you for your warm welcome. Thank you Voula for your presentation on The Journey of New Greek Migrants to Australia. Here in Melbourne we boast that we have one of the largest Greek communities in the world outside Greece. Greek migrants have been coming […]

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