Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer
3 December 2007 - 27 June 2013
On the road
Inspecting Bundaberg with the Prime Minister following the Queensland Floods
Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister visited Bundaberg following the Queensland floods to speak to the community and discuss financial assistance for flood-affected primary producers and small business owners.
- Media release - Financial assistance for flood-affected primary producers and small business owners in Bundaberg
- Transcript - Press Conference, Bundaberg
- Photos - January
Visit to Sunbury Shopping Centre with Rob Mitchell MP
Sunbury Shopping Centre, Melbourne, VIC
On Thursday 2 August, the Treasurer visited Sunbury Shopping Centre with local MP Rob Mitchell to talk to small business owners about the new $6,500 Instant Asset Write-Off.
The $6,500 Instant Asset Write-Off means businesses are now able to purchase multiple new items of equipment for their business and write each and every item off, provided the item is under $6,500.
John Button Memorial Lecture
Wheeler Centre for Books, Melbourne, VIC
On Wednesday 1 August the Treasurer the annual John Button Memorial Lecture, with a speech which drew influence from rock legend Bruce Springsteen.
Reported widely both domestically and overseas, the speech was widely credited as being able to speak to an audience which would not ordinarily be engaged in the Australian political process.
The Treasurer also released a special "behind the scenes" YouTube video, attracting over 8,000 views.
- Speech - Land of Hope and Dreams - 2012 John Button Memorial Lecture
- Video - John Button Lecture YouTube Video
Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
Casula, Sydney, New South Wales
On Thursday 26 July the Treasurer joined the Federal Member for Fowler, Chris Hayes and the Federal Member for Werriwa, Laurie Ferguson at a small business breakfast hosted by the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.
The Treasurer outlined the ways in which the Gillard Government is supporting small business, including the new $6,500 instant asset write-off.
- Media - The Fairfield Advance, 10 August 2012
- Media - The Liverpool Leader, 3 August 2012
- Photos - July
Seniors' afternoon tea with Federal Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury
St Marys, New South Wales
On Wednesday 25 July the Treasurer attended a seniors' afternoon tea in St Marys hosted by Federal Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury.
Attended by over 100 local seniors, the Treasurer outlined what the Gillard Government was doing for senior Australians by way of new increases to payments, aged care reform and the National Broadband Network.
The Treasurer holds regular morning and afternoon teas in his own electorate of Lilley, and joins other Government Members of Parliament around the country for similar events.
- Photos - July
Parramatta Prostate Cancer Forum
Parramatta, New South Wales
As a prostate cancer survivor, the Treasurer regularly promotes the importance of men getting tested for prostate cancer.
On July 24, Mr Swan was the guest speaker at a Prostate Cancer Awareness night organised by the Federal Member for Parramatta, Julie Owens.
With over 100 people in attendance at Parramatta Town Hall, the event was a great opportunity to spread the message about the importance of getting tested for prostate cancer.For more information on getting tested for prostate cancer, visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia website
Friday, 20 July
Inspection of Port of Townsville: Berth 10 Upgrade
On Friday 20 August the Treasurer joined Queensland Labor Leader, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Mayor of Townsville, Jenny Hill to inspect progress on the major upgrade of the Port of Townsville Berth 10.
Operational as early as 2013, the new $85 million facility will have a flexible design to accommodate cruise passenger management and the processing of defence personnel.
The new facility will enable the Townsville region to actively promote and grow its tourism potential and further enhance the Townsville experience for tourists and visiting defence personnel.
Thursday, 19 July
Kennedy road trip with Bob Katter
Cairns, Innisfail, Mission Beach, Clump Point and Cardwell
On Thursday 19 July the Treasurer joined Bob Katter for various meetings throughout the electorate of Kennedy.
In Cairns, Mr Katter and Mr Swan met with the Cairns, Gordonvale, Mareeba and Atherton Chamber of Commerce, farmers from the Mareeba region and dairy farmers from the Atherton Tablelands.
In Mission Beach, meetings were held with a number community representatives around the Gillard Government's plan to support the planning and construction of an all-weather boating facility.
In Cardwell, Mr Katter and Mr Swan met with a number of local residents, discussing a range of issues affecting the Cardwell region.
- Photos - July
Wednesday, 18 July
Cairns Economic Roundtable
On Wednesday 18 July the Treasurer convened an economic roundtable in Cairns with local community leaders. Participants included Advance Cairns, the Cairns Chamber of Commerce, representatives from Tropical North Queensland Councils, Ports North and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.
The purpose of the roundtable was to generate a discussion about the current state of the economy in Tropical North Queensland and the array of opportunities ahead for the region.The roundtable was well worthwhile as Cairns has since been announced as the host city for the 2014 G20 Finance Minister's Meeting.
- Transcript - Doorstop transcript, Cairns
Monday, 16 July
Announcing new NBN training services Adelaide
Thomas Street Library, Nailsworth, South Australia
On Monday 16 July the Deputy Prime Minister joined Federal Member for Adelaide, Kate Ellis, Member for Adelaide, and visited Thomas Street Library to announce $1.25 million in funding to provide NBN training services for the communities of Adelaide City and Prospect.
This funding will help local people and businesses take advantage of the opportunities offered by the National Broadband Network (NBN).The funding will provide $630 209 to the City of Adelaide to establish a Digital Hub at the Grote Street Library and start Digital Enterprise training services in Adelaide. $620 271 has was also provided to the City of Prospect to establish a Digital Hub at the Thomas Street Centre and start Digital Enterprise training services in Prospect.
- Transcript - Doorstop interview, Adelaide
- Media release - Joint statement with Kate Ellis, Federal Member for Adelaide
- Media - Adelaide Now, 16 July 2012
11 July to 14 July
Visit to China and Hong Kong
Beijing, China and Hong Kong
The Treasurer traveled to Beijing and Hong Kong, his seventh visit to China as Treasurer, meeting with senior government and business leaders to strengthen Australia's economic links in the region and promote the huge opportunities that lie ahead as the weight of global economic activity shifts from West to East.
As part of the visit, the Treasurer led a delegation of Australian business leaders and co-hosted an important forum on Renminbi (RMB) Cross-border Trade and Investment, before travelling on to Beijing .
During the trip, Mr Swan met with senior officials and business leaders, to discuss the enormous opportunities for the two economies, as well as the challenges for the global economy, and get a first-hand assessment of the regional economic outlook.
In Beijing, the Treasurer held meetings with senior Chinese leaders, engaged in further opportunities for the business delegation to engage with Chinese business leaders and policymakers, and hosted a gala dinner to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries.
- Media release - Hong Kong Visit to promote opportunities in the Asian Century
- Transcript - Doorstop interview Hong Kong, 11 July
- Transcript - Doorstop interview, Beijing, China, 12 July
- Speech - Address to the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong
- Photos - July
Friday, 15 June
On Friday 15 June the Treasurer joined the Federal Member for Richmond, Justine Elliott, to officially open the Surfing Australia High Performance Centre in Kingscliff.
Funded by the Federal Government, the HPC at Casuarina in northern NSW is the world's first facility dedicated to the development of elite surfers and coaches. The cutting edge facility will ensure Australia maintains its place as a world leader in the sport.
The two-level centre of excellence will boast state of the art education facilities, equipment and accommodation and will be at the forefront of sports science and coaching development for surfing.
Treasurer Swan was joined by former surfing world champions Layne Beachley, Mark Richards, Wayne Bartholomew and Barton Lynch at today's opening.
A keen surfer himself, Mr Swan ran into "Rooster", the person who shaped his first board back in 1969.
- Media - My Daily News, 15 June 2012
- Media - FUEL TV, Fox sports, 15 June 2012
- Media - Surfing Australia, 15 June 2012
- Photos - June
Thursday, 17 May
On Thursday 17 May the Treasurer and the Minister for Finance, Penny Wong, visited the Adelaide Dental Hospital to see firsthand how the Gillard Government's investment in dental health will blitz waiting lists.
For a place like the Adelaide Dental Hospital, which treats over 25,000 patients each year, the Gillard Government's dental reform plans means the Dental Hospital will soon be able to start moving people off the waiting lists and into chairs.
Wednesday, 16 May
On Wednesday 16 May the Treasurer inspected progress of Perth's Great Eastern Highway upgrade, made possible by $275 million in Federal Government funding.
This upgrade from four lanes to six is just one of the many examples of the Gillard Government's unprecedented investment in Western Australian road, rail and public transport infrastructure.
By 2016 the upgraded Great Eastern Highway will see over 66,000 vehicle movements per day, which is well over its current capacity. The additional two lanes increase the capacity of this section of the highway to 85,000 movements per day.
Under Federal Labor, infrastructure spending in WA has more than doubled from $154 to $261 per Western Australian. That's a record $3.7 billion over the life of our current six year Nation Building Program.
Tuesday, 15 May
On Tuesday 15 May the Treasurer joined the Federal Member for Fowler, Chris Hayes in visiting the Goldstein Eswood oven and kitchen manufacturers.
Goldstein Eswood is an Australian success story – a family business established way back in 1911.
It employs 96 workers making commercial ovens and equipment for hospitals, restaurants and the hospitality sector more generally.
It's businesses like this right around the country that are the lifeblood of our economy.
Over 80% of the products sold by Goldstein Eswood are under $6,500 with many of their customers already making plans to upgrade their ovens in light of the introduction of the $6,500 small business tax write-off.
Monday, 14 May
Every Australian Counts NDIS Event
On Monday 14 May the Deputy Prime Minister joined the Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin at an Every Australian Counts rally in Melbourne.
Hosted by Yooralla, one of the largest organisations in Australia working with people with disability, the Treasurer outlined how the $1 billon set aside in the Budget would work to make the National Disability Insurance Scheme a reality.
20 April to 23 April
G20, IMF and World Bank Meetings
Washington DC and New York, United States of America
In April the Treasurer travelled to Washington to participate in meetings with fellow G20 Finance Ministers, assessing global economic conditions and progress measures to inject confidence into the global economy.
He also visited New York, visiting the New York Stock Exchange and participating in a range of meetings.
- Media release - Treasurer to Attend G20, IMF and World Bank Meetings
- Transcript - Doorstop interview, Washington
- Transcript - Doorstop interview, New York
- Photos - April
Wednesday, 4 April
Parramatta Community Cabinet
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales
The Treasurer regularly participates in the Prime Minister's Community Cabinets across the country.
Held in Parramatta at Macarthur Girls High School, the Community Cabinet provided an opportunity for the Treasurer to meet local residents, answer their questions and discuss a range of issues.
- Photos - April
Monday, 12 March
Inspecting progress of the Mains and Kessels Road upgrade
Macgregor, Brisbane, Queensland
On Monday 12 March the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan joined the Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett in inspecting progress of the $300 million Kessels and Mains Road upgrade.
The first stage of a $300 million project will see the separation of two of Brisbane's busiest roads, with construction of a new Kessels Road underpass to feed traffic under Mains Road.
With 90,000 vehicles at this intersection daily, separating the roads with a new Kessels road underpass will ease congestion and improve safety.
- Photos - March
Wednesday, 22 February
Opening of Doonside High School Trade Training Centre
Doonside, Sydney, NSW
On Wednesday 22 February, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan and Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic, officially opened the new Evanside Trade Training Centre at Doonside Technology High School.
The Federal Labor Government has invested over $4.4 million in the facility as part of the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program.
The centre provides industry-relevant training to prepare students for the highly skilled workforce of tomorrow.
The Trade Training Centres in Schools Program is one of a number of Australian Government initiatives designed to improve the quality of schooling nationwide and build a highly qualified, well trained Australian workforce.
- Photos - February
Thursday, 2 February
On Thursday 2 February the Treasurer represented the Prime Minister in Tully at commemorations to mark the one year anniversary of Cyclone Yasi hitting the region.
Mr Swan attended a community BBQ breakfast in the morning where he joined Premier Anna Bligh in meeting with local residents, emergency services personal and the many volunteers who worked to help the town rebuild.
Following the BBQ, the Treasurer attended and spoke at a Commemorative Prayer Service at St Clare's Catholic Church where he spoke of the determination and resilience of the local community in rebuilding after Cyclone Yasi.
- Transcript - Supporting the Great Barrier Reef's Tourism Industry
- Transcript - Doorstop Interview, Tully, Queensland
- Photos - February
Thursday, 2 February
The Great Barrier Reef supports around 54,000 full-time jobs and generates approximately $5.4 billion for our economy.
The Treasurer met with representatives from the Great Barrier Reef's marine tourism industry where he announced that the Federal Labor Government would be introducing a temporary cut to the Environment Management Charge (EMC) on visitors to the Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef tourism industry is experiencing a challenging time resulting from a number of recent pressures, including adverse weather events, reduced visitor numbers and the strength of the Australian dollar.
Starting from 1 April 2012, the amount paid by a tourist on a full day trip to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park with a commercial operator will be reduced to $3.50, and $1.75 for a part day.
- Media release - Supporting the Great Barrier Reef's Tourism Industry
- Photos - February
Saturday, 28 & Sunday, 29 January
Mr Swan joined the Prime Minister and Cabinet colleagues in participating in the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders' meeting in Melbourne on 29 January. Their meeting was followed by the second Joint Meeting of Australian and New Zealand Cabinet Ministers.
The Prime Ministers re-affirmed their strong commitment to the closest possible relations between Australia and New Zealand, including through an annual Leaders' meeting. They agreed to conduct further joint meetings of Cabinet Ministers on a regular basis and at least once in the term of each government.
- Media release - Joint statement with the Prime Minister of New Zealand
- Photos - January