Speeches

November 11th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Tristan for that warm welcome and for the work you do as an Ambassador for Camp Quality. Simon Rountree. Chief Executive of Camp Quality and to your team of dedicated staff; To my friend and colleague the State Minister for Education Martin Dixon; To my parliamentary colleague Kelly […]

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November 10th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Lisa for that very warm welcome Thank you for having me with you at today’s luncheon. I acknowledge distinguished guests including Dr Peter Shergold AC and Professor Stephen Martin. Case for Reform The case for real reform – not just tinkering at the edges – has been evident […]

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November 4th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Michael for that warm welcome and for the all the work you do chairing FRSA’s board. It’s a pleasure to be here in Adelaide and to be here at your national conference. May I also congratulate FRSA and MAREAA for conducting integrated conferences which enable family practitioners opportunities […]

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October 21st, 2014 | Speeches

Fred Chuah, JP Song Yumin, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China Melbourne Parliamentary colleagues – Bruce Atkinson Anna Burke Jenny Mikakos; Ladies and gentlemen It is a great pleasure to be here today both in my capacity as your local federal Member, and also as the Minister for […]

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October 20th, 2014 | Speeches

Parliamentary colleagues; Vice Admiral Ray Griggs; Ladies and gentlemen. Can I begin by congratulating all those involved in bringing together this group, the Parliamentarians Against Family Violence and particularly to Ken Wyatt, Andrew Broad and Tim Watts. The stark facts bear repeating. One in three women has experienced physical violence […]

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October 13th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Carolyn for your warm welcome. I acknowledge the many members of the aged care sector who have gathered this morning. In particular, I acknowledge Mike Rungie, the chair of the Hub group, and the other members of the group; Ian Yates the CEO of COTA; Nick Ryan, the […]

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October 2nd, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Enzo for your kind words and thank you for the work you are doing as Chair of Foodbank Australia. Terry O’Brien, Chairman of the Australian Food and Grocery Council; Gary Dawson, Chief Executive of the Australian Food and Grocery Council; Jason Hincks, Chief Executive of Foodbank Australia; Ladies […]

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September 11th, 2014 | Latest Speeches

Thank you Pauline for that kind introduction and for the work you do as Chair of Homelessness Australia. To my friend and colleague, the Hon Tim Mander MP, Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works; Tom Tate, Mayor of the Gold Coast; Mr Colin Falconer, Director, Innovation at the Foyer […]

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September 9th, 2014 | Speeches

It’s a great pleasure to be here today representing the Commonwealth Government for the opening of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute. Cancer is a major cause of death in Australia. Many of us have experienced the pain of losing someone to cancer – and yet others of us have […]

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September 4th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you, Tony, for that kind introduction. As Minister for Social Services I preside over a Department that’s responsible for roughly one-third of the Commonwealth’s Budget outlay. As you can very well imagine, I am frequently asked to speak at events or programme launches. But there are invitations and then […]

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