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  • Speech - Address To The Anzac Day Service
  • Not far from this magnificent cathedral, across the Potomac River, lies sacred ground - Arlington National Cemetery. As the Americans here will know, it's one of two great national cemeteries administered by the U.S. Army - the other being at Gettysburg. any other American military cemeteries - some large, others small - are of course dotted across the globe. You'll find them at places like Pointe du Hoq in Normandy and Cambridge in England.
  • April 24, 2009

  • Speech - Australia - Japan Economic Link: Standing The Test Of Time
  • But my major topic for today is the one on everyone's mind – the global financial crisis and what our two nations can do to help overcome it. Since my visit to Osaka for the G8 Outreach meeting in June of last year, the world economy has deteriorated dramatically. In that short time, the IMF's forecast for world economic growth in 2009 has fallen from plus 3.8 per cent to between minus 0.5 per cent and minus 1 per cent. Japan with its trade de...
  • March 30, 2009

  • Speech - A Future Of Promise
  • A lot of people have remarked to me since we all heard that sickening sound that accompanied the collapse of Lehman Brothers last year that it must be frustrating, having sat in opposition during the boom years, developing a plan for the future, only now to have to chart a way through such an extraordinary international economic collapse.
  • March 23, 2009

  • Speech - Extraordinary Times Demand Extraordinary Action
  • I want to thank the LSE for its invitation to address what is truly one of the world's great educational institutions. It is an institution that has fostered some of the world's leading economic thinkers, such as Sir John Hicks, Friedrich Hayek, James Meade and Robert Mundell – and my personal favourite, James Hacker, MP. I am sure that Professor Davies followed that reference, but I am not so sure about the younger members of the audience
  • March 13, 2009

  • Speech - Tax Reform For Prosperity, Productivity And Fairness
  • Congratulations to the ACTU, ACOSS, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Consumers’ Federation of Australia for organising this important symposium. For drawing together representatives from unions, community services, environmental and consumer groups to discuss the Tax Review and the potential challenges, opportunities and choices facing Australians over the next few decades.
  • February 25, 2009

  • Speech - Turning Crisis Into Opportunity
  • It's hard to imagine a more important time to meet. There's certainly a lot of doom and gloom around and I don't intend to rehash all the facts and figures here tonight. Like me, many of you have been overseas and seen the worst of it. There's no doubting the severity of this global recession. And we know that things are likely to get worse before they get better. But it's important to remember tonight the strengths we have going for us here,...
  • February 04, 2009