Speech to the VELG Conference

Good morning and thank you for the opportunity to address this conference.The VELG conference is always a highlight on the vocational education calendar, attracting people from all over the sector.  You are the people at the forefront of vocational education and training in this country, who recognise its intrinsic value and critical importance – both…

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Speech to TDA Conference

Thank you, Mary for your kind introduction and thank you for the opportunity to be with you today. It’s always important to come and hear about the issues affecting our public training providers.  Looking around the room I can see representatives from government, industry and the skills training sector from Australia and across the world. …

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Launch of Adult Learners Week 2017

Good afternoon, and thank you for inviting me to launch Adult Learners Week for 2017, and thank you to all of you for being here today. I acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, and pay my respects to Elders past, present and future. I also acknowledge all Aboriginal and…

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Welcome Home Andy Lamont

Watch the video of this speech on my Facebook page. In March this year, I spoke in this chamber about Andy Lamont, an intrepid adventurer from my electorate of McPherson, on the Gold Coast. Andy Lamont is a 54-year-old husband, father and grandfather from the southern Gold Coast. A pest controller by trade he also…

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‘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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