2018 Speeches

Industry Growth Centres Showcase – Parliament House, Canberra

Welcome everyone to the Industry Growth Centres Showcase.It’s great to be able to do this here at Parliament House before the parliamentary year comes to a close.What this Showcase demonstrates is the role the Liberal-National Government’s Industry-led Growth Centres have in driving six key sectors of competitive strength and st... read more »

"Embracing change - the future is now for Australian manufacturing"

3D Printing and Industry 4.0 forumLadies and gentlemen, it’s great to be able to join you here.You really are at the heart of the transformation in modern manufacturing in this country, and you are a vital store of knowledge and wisdom.Modern manufacturing is looking promising as the sector embraces the ‘new smart’ – the one that comes wi... read more »

Questacon’s 30th Anniversary Celebration – Canberra

I’d like to welcome you all - and thank you for coming to share in this special celebration.Questacon has a special place in our hearts as a nation.One can hardly think of the broader Australian community engaging with science, technology, engineering and mathematics without Questacon coming into the equation.This is an&nbs... read more »

L’Oreal Women in Science Awards - Melbourne

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s terrific to join you here this evening for this prestigious celebration of science excellence and achievement, exemplified by the newly minted L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellows. And even more than that, it’s a celebration of women in science: women scientists everywhere pursuing their disciplines, the&n... read more »

USC Innovation Centre – Sunshine Coast

It’s great to be here at the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast, on the University of the Sunshine Coast Sippy Downs campus. I want to thank Andrew and Mark for inviting me here to be part of today’s events.I’m aware of the important work the Innovation Centre has been doing in this region for the past 16 years.&nbs... read more »

National Flag Day

Like many of my colleagues in this place, one of my very great honours and duties is to distribute Australian flags to local schools, community groups and individuals in my electorate who request them. These flags are proudly carried to all corners of the globe by exchange students. They are proudly flown at RSLs and at nursing homes. They are prou... read more »

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Award Dinner - 29 August 2018

[Check against delivery]Good evening. As you have just heard, I am Karen Andrews and I have been the Federal Science Minister for less than 36 hours.But let me tell you this, when Scott Morrison phoned me on Sunday afternoon, and he said that he wanted to offer me a position in cabinet and he wanted to offer me the role as the Minister of Industry ... read more »

27th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference

IntroductionThank you for the invitation to join you today at the 27th National Vocational Education and Training Research – NCVER – Conference.Firstly, can I acknowledge the participants who are here today, representatives of NCVER and our New Zealand co-hosts, Industry Training Federation and Ako Aotearoa—as well as those from AVETRA and TAFE NSW... read more »

Australia’s VET system: building on the legacy of the past, securing our future - Australian Vocational Education and Training Forum

IntroductionThank you for the opportunity to speak to you today.It is an absolute pleasure to be here today. Can I acknowledge the participants who are here today and congratulate you on your interest and passion in vocational education. And can I also acknowledge my parliamentary colleague, Senator Cameron.It is a great pleasure to be here today t... read more »

Banaam Our Connections, Our Futures symposium

**Check against delivery** IntroductionThank you for the invitation to attend your symposium this morning.  It’s an honour to be here to talk about the value and importance of vocational education and training, and how it can lead to meaningful and sustainable employment. I’m thrilled to be part of a regional event that is showi... read more »
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