Speeches

June 12th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Cassandra for inviting me to address this conference of the Australian Council of Social Services and for your warm welcome. Since becoming the Minister for Social Services my regular contact with Cassandra and other members of her executive has been constructive, robust and valued. We might not always […]

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May 28th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Tim for shining a light on the realities of kidney disease and its impact on the nation’s health. I’d like to begin by acknowledging: Anne Wilson, the Chief Executive of Kidney Health Australia; Parliamentary colleagues; Distinguished guests. And to those patients living with kidney disease, especially Nick. I’d […]

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May 20th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Fiona for that warm welcome. I appreciate this opportunity to convey a few thoughts on the appropriate scope and role of civil society in 21st century Australia. Even at the best of times it’s not an easy thing to draw the lines of delineation that demarcate the respective […]

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May 16th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Virginia. I’d also like to acknowledge: Professor Edwards; Justice Faulks; My parliamentary colleagues – both state and federal; Members of the ANROWS Board; Distinguished guests; Ladies and gentlemen. 132,500 per year; An average of 11,041 per month; An average of 2,548 per week; And an average of 364 […]

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May 15th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Brian for that kind introduction. Ladies and gentlemen, I was delighted to be invited today to tour this facility; a facility that’s so aptly named. “Only About Children” really says it all. Families exist at the very core of our society – at the heart of our communities […]

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May 1st, 2014 | Speeches

I’ll begin by expressing my gratitude to Aon Australia, Deloitte Consulting and Macquarie for organising this event under the auspices of your Not-for-Profit Forum. Thanks to Bill Marynissen of Macquarie for MC’ing this morning’s event. And a thank you also to the NFP Forum members. Your dedication to Australia’s not-for-profit […]

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April 30th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you Sarah for those inspiring words of introduction. I’d also like to express my appreciation to Dr Lance Emerson and the ARACY Board for their invitation to address you today. It’s my privilege to appear before an audience dedicated to that noblest of endeavours – the well-being of Australia’s […]

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March 31st, 2014 | Speeches

  I’d like to thank Brian Babington for his kind invitation to address you this morning and say it’s an honour and privilege to open the second annual Child Aware Approaches Conference. It’s an obvious reality that adults create children in the biological sense. But it’s equally true that children […]

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