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  • Speech - A Smart Nation
  • I want to thank David [Hetherington] and his energetic team of thinkers and writers who are casting a giant shadow from a relatively small organisation – one that's very worthy of your support. Today, I thought I'd come at the Budget from a different angle. I want to step back and talk about the battle for reform in this country. It's a struggle that has raged right through our modern political history. I came to politics with the core belief...
  • May 21, 2013

  • Speech - A Stronger Economy
  • It's fitting that this year we're again starting the post-budget conversation at an organization like CEDA – which is squarely focused on the long term challenges and big picture policy ideas that shape our nation. It's also great to kick off the discussion in Queensland, a state that not only embodies the resilience of our country, but epitomises the big transition underway in our national economy. I've been talking a lot recently about this...
  • May 17, 2013

  • Speech - The Strength of a Nation
  • Thanks very much Laurie, and thank you all for coming along today. This is one of my favourite traditions of the week, mainly because my family is always here to share it with me. I want to start by acknowledging my colleagues – particularly Penny and the ERC team – for their tireless work, and I also want to thank all the officials and staff for their dedication behind the scenes. In particular, I want to thank the hard working people in t...
  • May 15, 2013

  • Speech - Global Forces, the Dollar and the Budget
  • Australia is a young, inclusive and optimistic country, on the cusp of something really special as the world economy shifts to our doorstep. But the same global forces that bring our opportunities have brought a set of challenges for our economy that are fluid, complex and evolving. We're confronting some of the most unique economic circumstances in our nation's history. And we're doing it through the prism of a budget. Our opponents, some com...
  • May 01, 2013

  • Speech - ANZAC Day Dawn Service
  • It is with a great sense of honour that I address you again at this year's ANZAC Day Dawn Service. Today, we're now just one year from the centenary of the start of the Great War, and two years from the centenary of the Gallipoli landings. They promise to be big occasions, with the national spotlight on our commemorative activities. These days in the world of 24-hour media, that's inevitable. Inevitably also there will be an air of celebrati...
  • April 25, 2013

  • Speech - RMB Dialogue
  • It's a real pleasure to welcome you to the first annual Australia-Hong Kong RMB trade and investment dialogue. It's great to see so many people here today from across such a diverse range of businesses. I would like to also acknowledge our friends from Hong Kong and China who have travelled here for this event, particularly our Hong Kong co-host Mr Eddie Yue, Deputy Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. Today's dialogue comes af...
  • April 12, 2013