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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Welcome Event – Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference

Thank you, David, for your kind welcome and for the opportunity to open your annual conference this evening.   I note that the theme for this year is Community Education: Investing in our Future.  It’s a powerful sentiment… and I couldn’t agree more about the valuable role education plays in people’s lives. Of course, as…

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Keynote Speech – French Beauty Academy July 2017 Graduation

Thank you, Sherelle, for your kind welcome and for inviting me to speak at this graduation ceremony.  I was honoured to open the French Beauty Academy’s Robina campus back in 2013, and it’s a real pleasure to be with you now to recognise all your hard work and achievements — students and trainers alike.  …

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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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