Speeches

2014

Official launch of Start Up Australia, Sydney

I’m a bit shell shocked, I don’t normally get an introduction like that. Thanks, that was terrific.

Address to the Inaugural Small Business Lindsay Luncheon with Fiona Scott MP, Penrith Stadium, Penrith

Thanks everybody for having me back in Penrith. It’s great to be amongst your community again and I reflected on the last time Fiona and I were consulting and liaising.

Official opening of the Australian National University’s new Sciences Precinct, Linnaeus Way, Australian National University

Professors, staff, colleagues, students, research, teaching and learning professionals: how about giving yourselves a big cheer before I talk.

Address to the G20 Agenda for Growth: Opportunities for small and medium enterprises conference, Melbourne

Introduction

Thank you all for coming to such an important conference during Australia’s G20 host year to discuss important issues for small and medium enterprises (or SMEs) across G20

Address to the Microsoft Joined-Up Innovation event, National Gallery, Canberra

It’s great to be here and I’d like to acknowledge my parliamentary colleagues Jason and Julie and to all of you, thank you for your interest.

Address to the Wide Bay Australia Bundaberg Business Expo

Thank you for having me here today, I wouldn’t have missed it for quids to be honest with you.

Address to the Institute of Public Accountants, Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra

Our Budget is a crucial part of our Economic Action Strategy that aims to build a strong, prosperous economy for a safe and secure Australia.

Speech to Committee for Economic Development of Australia lunch, Melbourne

Introduction

Thank you for your warm welcome.  It’s a pleasure to be here. I’d like to thank David and CEDA for the opportunity to address you today.

Tax Institute Private Business Tax Retreat, Gold Coast

Thank you for your warm welcome, and for the invitation to be with you today for this important event in the Tax Institute’s calendar.

Small Business Forum with Karen Andrews MP and Mudgeeraba Chamber of Commerce, Mudgeeraba

Thank you for the invitation to be here tonight. I want to acknowledge my friend and colleague, Karen Andrews MP and Ms Ros Bates MLA – Member for Mudgeeraba.

Eden-Monaro Small Business Forum, Catalina Country Club, Batemans Bay

Thank you all for inviting me along tonight and for all contributing to your local community and the economy. A warm welcome to various Chambers of Commerce Presidents who have come along tonight.

Australian National Retailers Association Breakfast, Parliament House, Canberra

Good morning and thank you for inviting me along today.

Australia Chinese Business Council Canberra Networking Day

Thank you for inviting me along to this important networking opportunity that captures a defining moment, not only in China’s development, but the relationship between our two countries.

The importance of a strong consumer law in the digital age, Speech to the 2014 National Consumer Congress, Sydney

Thanks for that warm welcome. It's a great pleasure to be here at the 2014 National Consumer Congress. I'd like to thank the ACCC for once again hosting this important gathering.

Address to Fair Work Ombudsman Small Business Forum, RACV Club, Melbourne

Thank you for your warm welcome today, and thank you to the Fair Work Ombudsman for hosting and organising this roundtable. 

Institute of International Finance Conference, G20 Sydney

Small businesses and family enterprises are fundamental drivers of jobs, of innovation and growth in our country as it is in yours.

Launch of ‘The Village’ at NAB, Melbourne

This is a very exciting project. It’s a big bank walking the talk which understands how big a deal small business is to our economy and to our community.

Address to the Mitre 10 Conference, Gold Coast

Your brand’s been with us for half a century - its trusted, it's respected, it's been part of the community that I've grown up in and so many across Australia and it's not a surprise that 450 priva

2013

Address to the Australian Food And Grocery Council (AFGC) Industry Leaders Forum, Parliament House, Canberra

Terry talked about a nation that is open for business and that is very much the ethos the Abbott Government brings. But just hoping for that isn't enough.

Franchise Council of Australia Conference, Jupiters Casino, Gold Coast, Queensland

Well it looks like a lot has changed.