Speeches

Keynote Address to the ANZ Global Capital Markets Corporate Debt Conference, Hunter Valley

7 March 2014

Thanks very much Warwick. In my role as Assistant Treasurer one of my jobs is to be out there communicating with this sort of audience to try and give you a feel for where the government is going. It’s only been in six months, but a lot has happened already and that early period of government […]

Keynote Address to the 2014 Insurance Council of Australia Regulatory Update Seminar

28 February 2014

Thank you for inviting me to deliver the keynote address to the 2014 Insurance Council of Australia Regulatory Update Seminar. I would like to give you an overview of the Government's priorities and broad policy agenda which will impact on the industry.  I have already had the pleasure of meeting some of you when you […]

Keynote Address – ANZ Central Bank and Sovereign Wealth Fund Conference 2014

26 February 2014

Thanks very much Richard and I hope that you are not too conferenced out. I’ve had a look at the program, I think it’s a really good program. I think Ian McFarlane spoke to you this morning. A great Australian and a fantastic central bank Governor and before that as the Deputy during many of […]

Opening remarks, Council of Councils fifth regional conference, How to Revitalise the G20: A View from the Australian Chair, Lowy Institute Sydney

24 February 2014

Thanks very much Michael and thank you Richard for making the trip out and bringing this very august group together. And it’s good to see some ex-colleagues like Michael L’Estrange and Peter Varghes and of course Jim Spigelman. But look, it is good to be here the weekend after the G20 summit. It is good […]

Address to the 9th CEO Symposium, Associations Forum, Melbourne

21 February 2014

Thanks very much. When you started talking about my past I didn’t know which bits you were going to bring up but that was a good bit to bring up, because I also spent some time in the non-profit sector working on various boards, the Aboriginal Employment Strategy, the Mary MacKillop Foundation and also with […]

Opening remarks, G20 – Institute of International Finance Conference, The G20 agenda under the Australian presidency, Sydney

20 February 2014

First of all can I add my welcome to all of you coming to Australia. I know the Treasurer welcomed you this morning, and we are very keen to capitalise on this great opportunity that we’ve got to preside over the G20 this year, to make a difference to the global economic debate and global […]

Announcement of ASX and Bank of China Renminbi agreement

18 February 2014

Thanks very much Elmer, fantastic to be here today. This is the second event I’ve been to in two days involving the greater internationalisation, if you like, of Australian financial services and the deepening of our engagement with China. I begin by saying that on behalf of the Australian Government I’d like to congratulate Mr […]

Address to South Australia Liberal Party Luncheon, Sydney

31 January 2014

Introduction Thank you for your kind welcome and for the invitation to join you today. Soon after stepping into this role late last year, I set out the Government’s agenda for the issues and industries that lie in my portfolio as Assistant Treasurer. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to consult and collaborate with representatives […]

The Context For Australia’s G20 Presidency, CEO Institute Summit, Sydney

29 January 2014

Introduction Good morning, it is great to be here with you in a room of such esteemed company.  It is also a great pleasure for me to be speaking with you as Prime Minister Tony Abbott's representative. Today I want to outline "The Context for Australia's G20 Presidency." It comes just days after the Prime […]