2017 Speeches

Summing up speech - Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 2017

I will start by thanking those who made considered and sensible contributions to the debate today. There were, however, a number of remarks made by some of the members opposite that I would actually like to correct by putting some facts clearly on the record. The Turnbull government is clearly committed to vocational education and skills. I wo... read more »

Welcome Event - Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference

Thank you, David, for your kind welcome and for the opportunity to open your annual conference this evening.  I note that the theme for this year is Community Education: Investing in our Future. It’s a powerful sentiment… and I couldn’t agree more about the valuable role education plays in people’s lives.Of course, as Assistant Minister f... read more »

'Skilling Australia: Future Directions for VET' - Committee for Economic Development in Australia

Good afternoon, and thank you for your welcome.Firstly, I want to recognise the efforts CEDA is making to examine, improve and promote vocational education and training in Australia.Your substantial reports and analysis on VET are a valuable contribution to the lively conversations taking place around our country about the priorities, direction and... read more »

Keynote Speech - French Beauty Academy July 2017 Graduation

Thank you, Sherelle, for your kind welcome and for inviting me to speak at this graduation ceremony. I was honoured to open the French Beauty Academy’s Robina campus back in 2013, and it’s a real pleasure to be with you now to recognise all your hard work and achievements -- students and trainers alike.    First, let me say congratul... read more »

Opening of the 2017 AMSI Winter School

I am honoured to be invited here today to open AMSI’s 2017 Winter School on the Computational Foundations of Data Science. It’s also a pleasure to be back here at the Queensland University of Technology from where I graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 1983.I especially welcome all the students and early career researchers here today – it’s g... read more »

Opening of the Inaugural 2017 VET in Schools Forum

This is a terrific occasion -- an inaugural gathering of people dedicated to advancing vocational education and training in schools.I note that we have teachers, trainers, industry representatives, work placement providers, training package developers and members of education authorities here in the room.You are doing the creative thinking, the adv... read more »

Constituency Statement: Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter service

Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Gold Coast base of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter service and meet some of the wonderful crew members there. Over South-East Queensland, home of some of Australia's best beaches, attracting millions of locals and tourists each year, the rescue helicopter service has been the eye in the sky for 4... read more »

Gold Coast Trades College Graduation

Good afternoon. It’s a real honour for me to be here with you for your graduation as both the local federal member and the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills.   Congratulations on having completed your training – and congratulations on choosing vocational education and training as part of your study. What you... read more »

Australian Hairdressing Industry Conference Speech

It’s a pleasure to be here with you today at the Australian Hairdressing Industry Conference.Hairdressing and hairstyling are services that nearly everyone uses at some point in their lives – whether they’re a toddler, a retiree, or somewhere in between.I am just one of the many enthusiastic consumers of your services. Yours is a profession of... read more »

The Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 2017 Second Reading Speech

The Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 2017 gives effect to greater student protection measures, and strengthens the arrangements for governing quality in the higher education and international education sectors. This Bill is a further plank in the Turnbull Government’s ongoing efforts to protect stude... read more »
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