‘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 opportunities…

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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 advocating, the innovating and…

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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…

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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 learn here will…

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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…

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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 students and taxpayers from the unscrupulous behaviour that…

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