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  • Speech - Opening Remarks To The Australian Industry Group Forum
  • I'm looking forward today to hearing from you about what you're finding at the coalface and how we can work together to meet these challenges of the future. It's been very important for the economy and for the Government to be able to have a close liaison with groups like the AiG. It's been important particularly in the framing of our May Budget.
  • October 17, 2008

  • Speech - Adapting Our Architecture To Challenging Times
  • We send some of our smartest young people here to be visiting fellows – including people like Michael Fullilove, who I’m delighted to see here today. And some of our most prominent intellectual elder statesmen, like James Wolfensohn, are among the Institution’s leaders. Brookings for us and for many countries is a model of what a think tank can aspire to be.
  • October 10, 2008

  • Speech - A Strong, Competitive Financial System In Uncertain Times
  • You won't be surprised to hear this is what takes up most of my time these days – long days sometimes book-ended with conversations with my counterparts around the world. These conversations are one reason why the PM and I have been able to stay ahead of the global game, anticipating the challenges of these uncertain times and adapting our policy responses accordingly.
  • October 03, 2008

  • Speech - Tax Laws Amendment (Education Refund) Bill 2008 - Second Reading Speech
  • This Government is committed to implementing an Education Revolution. Because education is the engine room of prosperity and helps create a fairer, more productive society. It is the most effective way we know, to build prosperity and spread opportunity. A key part of the education revolution is helping parents meet the everyday costs of their children’s education. Helping parents meet the costs of the books and the computers and the software...
  • September 25, 2008

  • Speech - Global Economic Turbulence: An Update On The Government's Response
  • As honourable members know, the last two weeks have been a tumultuous period on global financial markets, to say the least. There's no question this is a difficult time for the world economy. And it would be wrong of us, as a nation, to pretend we are completely immune. It's true that there is much here that is beyond the control of the Australian Government. This is something we've been upfront about, throughout this global economic turbulenc...
  • September 22, 2008

  • Speech - Federalism And The Engine Room Of Prosperity
  • To most Australians, federalism is probably about as popular as a politician appearing onstage at a Grand Final. Yet while it may not yet have become the lead topic of conversation in the nation's lounge rooms and pubs, Australians do care about making public services work better. And in a system like ours, it's hard to get better outcomes in areas like housing, health and Indigenous affairs unless all governments work together.
  • September 11, 2008