Speeches

September 3rd, 2014 | Speeches

I’d like to begin by expressing my appreciation to the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) and Senator Bilyk for convening this event. Child protection is above politics – it is bipartisan. And rightly so. This past March I had the privilege of launching the 2nd […]

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August 20th, 2014 | Speeches

Ladies and gentlemen, it is a great pleasure to be with you this morning, on what is a special day for South Australians. I am pleased to be opening ViTA — an innovative and purpose-built aged care facility. Our aged care system touches the lives of millions of Australians; in […]

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August 4th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you, Glenda, for that generous introduction. And thank you to Caroline for the Welcome to Country, and Reverend Holland and Sheri Brounhout for giving me a tour of the Melbourne City Mission and showing me the great work you do. The coffee was excellent, so please pass on my […]

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July 30th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Aunty Di for the Welcome to Country. And thank you Alan for the kind introduction and for your leadership of the Australian Institute of Family Studies. I would also like to acknowledge:  Mr Trevor Huddleston from the United Kingdom;  Professor Paul Amato from the United States, […]

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July 21st, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Brian, thank you ladies and gentlemen. It’s a great pleasure to be with you all this morning. Last month the Melbourne Herald Sun published a series of self-portraits by children who have been victims of abuse. Drawn right here in Melbourne, they tell the stories of real children. […]

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July 15th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Amelia, for the opportunity to participate in this wonderful event. In Dr Abraham Maslow’s famous hierarchy of human needs, housing stands as one of the most fundamental requirements of human life. Yet as we go about our daily routine, most able-bodied Australians spare little thought for the particular […]

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July 3rd, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you very much Patricia, ladies and gentlemen, it’s a great privilege to be here at this importance conference again this year. I would like to place my comments this afternoon in the context of work. Work is a social good which, in turn, is a foundation and expression of […]

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June 30th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you ladies and gentlemen. A child fidgets aimlessly in a classroom, his mind wandering off to other interests. He can hardly read, and just write. He has missed two days of school this week. He arrived without lunch, and was one of an increasing number for whom the school […]

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June 27th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Senator Cash, and I also thank you for the leadership you have taken in developing this Second Action Plan, in partnership with the states and territories, and with civil society. Both you and the Prime Minister have spoken of the extent of domestic violence and sexual assault in […]

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June 21st, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Dr Goldie for your kind introduction to the Civil Society 20 or C20, as it is commonly known. I was reflecting on your words of introduction then and I was reflecting on the apparently warm reception that my colleague the Foreign Minister received yesterday and it reminded me […]

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