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  • Speech - Australia China Business Council
  • It's a great opportunity to talk about the big role which organisations like the ACBC are playing in deepening our engagement in Asia. A few months ago we released our Australia in the Asian Century White Paper which underscored just how much weight the Gillard Government puts on building our relationships in the region. For forty years, the Australia China Business Council has been laying the critical groundwork for this by enhancing our comm...
  • March 12, 2013

  • Speech - Education and Opportunity: The Mick Young Legacy
  • This dinner is always one of the highlights of my year, so in 2013 it's great to witness the launch of a new chapter for the Mick Young Scholarships. A night like tonight brings together so much that I care about, that I know everyone in this room cares deeply about too. Especially education, and I'll be having something to say about the current struggle for a better school funding system in just a moment. All of us understand that the power...
  • March 01, 2013

  • Speech - 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay
  • There were many moments in the Second World War when the fate of millions hung in the balance, and when the tide turned in crucial ways. The Battle of Milne Bay, fought seventy years ago, was one of those moments. 
  • August 26, 2012

  • Speech - John Button Memorial Lecture
  • One of the aspects of my job I enjoy most is speaking to different parts of our community about so many different facets of our economy.  In roughly eight years in the Treasury portfolio I've made hundreds of speeches on economic topics, which is of course no great surprise particularly given the white-knuckle ride the global economy has been through in recent times.
  • August 02, 2012

  • Speech - Land of Hope and Dreams (John Button Lecture)
  • One of the aspects of my job I enjoy most is speaking to different parts of our community about so many different facets of our economy.  In roughly eight years in the Treasury portfolio I've made hundreds of speeches on economic topics, which is of course no great surprise particularly given the white-knuckle ride the global economy has been through in recent times.
  • August 02, 2012

  • Speech - Gala Dinner Celebrating 40th Anniversary Of Australia - China Diplomatic Relations
  • Tonight we celebrate the growth of the warm friendship, the economic partnership, the frank understanding between our two nations since China and Australia welcomed each other's ambassadors to our capitals just under forty years ago. It's been a remarkable journey. In those four decades the value of our trade has grown a thousand fold. Today we welcome half a million Chinese visitors to Australia each year, and over 350,000 Australians visit C...
  • July 13, 2012