Science and Technology Australia President & CEO Forum – Sydney

** Check against delivery ** Ladies and gentlemen, it’s great to be here, and I would like to thank STA for the kind invitation. This is a great opportunity for us to come together to share insights into Australia’s great science and technology sectors. As many of you would know, I am an engineer. I studied mechanical engineering at university before working in power stations and the broader petrochemical industry. So I…

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ADC Global Blockchain Summit – ADELAIDE

***Check against delivery*** Ladies and gentlemen, it’s great to be here. I would like to acknowledge South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, and I thank the ADC Forum for inviting me. This is a great opportunity to share insights into the future of blockchain technology. I think it’s fitting that Adelaide is hosting this event. The South Australian Government sees the blockchain industry as a future…

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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…

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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 institution that has become synonymous with inspiring…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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