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  • Speech - The Role Of Government In A Changing Economy
  • Like every speaker at these conferences I'm faced with the choice between taking a very specific topic – like I did about eight years ago when I talked about transfer payment design and in 2008 when I talked about commonwealth-state relations – or to take an overall view of the big macro trends and the broad sweep of our economic evolution. Today, conscious that others will focus on filling in the pixels of the bigger picture, one PowerPoint s...
  • June 30, 2011

  • Speech - Conviction At Our Core
  • I've been a Labor man since the mid-70s. I think I was first elected to this conference some thirty years ago - so I'm no spring chicken. And I've had the privilege of working with many people in this room to deliver government to Wayne Goss in 1989 and to deliver City Hall to Jim Soorley in 1991, laying the foundations for later successes.
  • June 18, 2011

  • Speech - Investing In A Capital Hungry Economy
  • Europe and US continue to struggle with the lingering impacts of the GFC and persistent high unemployment, and Japan is still feeling the impacts of the devastating earthquake and its ramifications. By contrast, emerging economies, in particular in our region, continue to grow strongly. This has sped up a shift in global economic weight that was already underway and which will bring great opportunities in the century ahead, in particular for A...
  • June 14, 2011

  • Speech - Address To The Queensland Disaster Heroes Ceremony
  • Six months ago when asked to describe ourselves, many of us would have answered quite plainly: 'I'm a cane farmer', 'a truck driver', 'a building labourer', 'a teacher', 'a nurse' or 'a doctor'. Today, just four words are enough to tell people all they need to know: 'I am a Queenslander'. What do those words now signify? The world saw what these four words meant in the days after the wall of water swept through the Lockyer Valley to destroy Gr...
  • June 12, 2011

  • Speech - A Price On Pollution: The Next Step Forward In Economic Reform
  • The theme of that speech a month ago, and a theme of the Budget, is making the most of the tremendous opportunities presented by the enormous change underway in the world. Recognising that rather than being on the periphery of the global economy, in coming decades we will be closer and closer to its centre. The impact is most vividly apparent today in the mining boom, but in years to come it will be apparent in many other areas of our economy.
  • June 07, 2011

  • Speech - The Story Behind The Budget Part Five: The Budget And Beyond
  • Tomorrow I'll be visiting Rio Tinto's Operations Centre near Perth Airport. I'm told the control room is akin to something you'd see in a NASA control and command centre. From this one point, they operate 12 mines, three port terminals, 1,400 kilometres of rail network and utilities - all from 1,500 kilometres away. This is mining boom mark II in the raw. It's the time spent at mine sites and operations centres like this or visiting places lik...
  • May 18, 2011