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 strategic priority to Australia. As you look around, you’ll see…

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 women on whose shoulders they stand, and the women and girls yet to step up. Twenty years…

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. In particular, your work in supporting…

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…

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…

Banaam Our Connections, Our Futures symposium

**Check against delivery** Introduction Thank 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 showing real innovation and…

TEMAG Forum 2018 – 26 June 2018

As you all know, over the years, there have been many reviews looking at initial teacher education and many more recommendations on how to improve the quality of teachers entering our classrooms.   With the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) report, for the first time, we have made real progress in implementing a major report…