Speeches

Address to celebrate 50 years of computing at the ABS, Canberra

16 December 2014

Thank you, Jonathan. And thank you for your work, for much of this year, as the Acting Australian Statistician. It has been a longer journey than we anticipated, however, you have taken the challenges in your stride. May I, of course, start by acknowledging David Kalisch as the new Australian Statistician. David – congratulations on […]

Address to the AICD Public Sector Governance Forum, Canberra

28 October 2014

When the Government came into office last year, it was very clear that there were a range of difficult global conditions outside Australia's control, but also a number of domestic imbalances that had been adding lead into our saddle bag. Some of our concerns are the bureaucratic structures and internal operating models of the government […]

Commonwealth Bank 7th Annual Australasian Conference, Sydney

22 October 2014

Thank you for the introduction, Simon. And thank you for inviting me to speak at this event, which I see is billed as Australasia’s foremost debt and foreign exchange conference. I’m delighted to have been asked to speak today about infrastructure because a significant focus for the Australian Government, in this our year of G20 […]

‘Australia adjusting – prosperity blueprint for Australia’, Address to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Sydney

16 September 2014

I’m delighted to be here today to talk about re-energising Australia’s economic policy reform. The massive growth of the Asia-Pacific middle class, which is expected to reach 3.2 billion people in 2030, offers enormous opportunities for Australia. But we must not let the enormous opportunities before us allow us to be complacent about the challenges […]

Address to the Australian Bankers’ Association Financial Literacy Conference 2014, Sydney

3 September 2014

Thank you for the opportunity to speak today. Financial literacy is important to me, as it is to all of you. Greater financial literacy means people have the power to manage their financial affairs, meet their financial goals and plan for their retirement. And the benefits extend beyond strengthening households and small businesses. Indeed, a […]

Speech to Group Insurance Summit 2014, Sydney

20 August 2014

Thank you for the opportunity to speak today. The theme of today’s conference, ‘paving the way to sustainability’, reflects an important priority. This is a priority not just for group insurance, but for the Government. Paving the way to sustainability is our approach to managing the financial system and the nation’s finances. So, let me […]

Address to the Australian Property Institute’s 50th Kiparra Day Conference

15 August 2014

Thank you for welcoming me today. I am delighted to be here representing the Prime Minister to open your conference. Can I start by acknowledging the Australian Property Institute’s National President, Robert Hecek and your New South Wales President, Tyrone Hodge. It’s great to see so many attending this conference - particularly because this Kiparra […]

Keynote Address to the Australia Vanuatu Business Forum, Brisbane

26 June 2014

The Hon. Ham Lini Vanuaroroa, Vanuatu’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and Commerce, our host Mr Caleb Jarvis, Vice President of the Australia-Pacific Islands Business Council and its Members, Australia’s High Commissioner to Vanuatu, His Excellency Mr Jeremy Bruer, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, It’s an honour to speak here today in Brisbane […]

‘Outlook for Financial Markets in Australia and the G20’ – Address to the Stockbrokers Association of Australia Conference, Melbourne

30 May 2014

Thank you, Karl for that introduction. Can I acknowledge you, as a good friend, and Chair of the Association, and your CEO David Harsfield. I am delighted to address the Stockbrokers Association of Australia's 2014 Annual Conference. As the peak industry body representing institutional and retail broking firms the Stockbrokers Association of Australia plays a […]

‘Labor’s Budget deceit’, Speech in the House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra

27 May 2014

We see an example today of the Leader of the Opposition highlighting the extent to which Labor is prepared to go down a very lowbrow road indeed. We see the man who is meant to be the alternative Prime Minister— Mr Pasin: A statesman? Mr CIOBO: he is meant to be a statesman—outline Labor's approach […]

‘Addressing BEPS and the Government’s policy agenda’, Address to the Clayton Utz BEPS Workshop

16 May 2014

Thank you for the opportunity to address you on the topic of tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (or 'BEPS'). This issue is a high priority for the Government, not only as the current G20 President, but also from a domestic policy perspective. BEPS is one of the key issues that the G20 is focussing […]

Address to the Financial Services Council AMP Post Budget Breakfast, Sydney

14 May 2014

Good morning. Thank you John for that introduction and for inviting me to speak over breakfast this morning. Can I acknowledge the presence this morning of: Brad Cooper, Chief Executive of BT Financial Group and FSC Deputy Chairman; Geoff Summerhayes, Chief Executive Officer of Suncorp Life and FSC Director; and Pauline Blight-Johnston, Group Executive at […]

Address to the G24 Meeting, Washington

10 April 2014

Thank you for the kind welcome and for inviting me to speak at your meeting today. I appreciate you taking time in your busy program to allow me to update you on the G20 work agenda under Australia’s Presidency. The February G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting made a strong start, and work […]

Financial Services Council Life Insurance Conference, Sydney

3 April 2014

Thank you for that introduction, John. My father was a general agent with AMP for a number of years, and as a young teenage boy I went through the heady days of National Mutual and AMP trading blows in the eighties and the early nineties. So I feel a certain affinity with, not necessarily all […]

The Tax Institute 29th National Convention, Hobart

28 March 2014

Introduction Good morning. It’s a great pleasure to be in Hobart this morning on the final day of your 29th national convention. I trust you’ve had an engaging and fruitful couple of days already, hearing from a wide range of distinguished speakers. What I want to talk about this morning is the Government’s agenda for […]

Labor’s warped Budget priorities

26 March 2014

How extraordinary for the Labor Party to come into the chamber with yet another MPI claiming that this government has the wrong priorities and that in some way we are not living up to the promises that were made. It takes a certain amount of gall for the Australian Labor Party to come in here […]