Speeches

Speech to 2014 Telstra Business Women’s Awards

26 November 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, what a spectacular evening and hasn’t Andrew Daddo added so much to it? He is a natural. It would also be remiss of us not to show our appreciation and sincere gratitude to Telstra for their ongoing support of this outstanding celebration of your success. To the other sponsors that have been […]

Speech to Many Rivers Microfinance luncheon

25 November 2014

I want to share with you a story of a woman with acumen and ability but not the tools to bring about the ambition that she had and a small loan enabled her to rebuild. She would cook rice the night before and would form that rice into a bowl.  So it’s quite an emotional […]

Address to the National Franchising Council National Franchising Convention, Sydney

27 October 2014

It is great to be back with you and I want to thank you all for all you are doing for the economy - for your enterprise and your contribution to livelihoods and prosperity for our nation. And that is where we've spent a lot of time over the last 12 months. At the last […]

Address to the Competition Policy Review International Conference, Canberra

23 October 2014

Thank you for your warm welcome. I would like to thank and acknowledge Professor Ian Harper and the Competition Policy Review Panel for the work they’ve been undertaking and for the opportunity to be with you today. While my official title is Minister for Small Business, I have portfolio responsibility for Competition Policy and Consumer […]

Address to the Australian Food and Grocery Council Industry Leader’s Forum, Canberra

1 October 2014

It is great to be with you. Thank you for the invitation and may I thank you all for your effort and your enterprise in a crucial area of our economy, which in my eyes offer delicious possibilities - delicious possibilities - but in this season of sporting triumph and challenge they are possibilities that […]

Turkish Chamber of Commerce Small Business Forum, Bankstown, Sydney

10 September 2014

I am back and I’m more than honoured to be back not as the Shadow Minister for Small Business but the Cabinet Minister for Small Business in the Abbott Government. I particularly want to acknowledge our President Altug (Sanli) who puts his heart and soul into this organisation. I particularly want to thank Altug because […]

Eastern Suburbs Business Enterprise Centre & Local Chambers of Commerce Luncheon, Bondi Junction, Sydney

10 September 2014

Well it's a genuine thrill to be here today. I know I'm a Melbourne Storm fan in Roosters territory which makes me a courageous individual, but seriously, it’s great to be here with my friend and Cabinet colleague Malcolm Turnbull. To her worship the Mayor, thank you for inviting me into the municipality of Waverley. […]

APEC SME Ministerial Meeting, Shanghai

5 September 2014

Thank you Minister Miao. Australia would like to thank China for its excellent organisation of this meeting where we can discuss ways to use innovation to give our SMEs an edge in an increasingly globalised economy. Colleagues, Australia is open for business and we continue to welcome and encourage commerce, investment and trade within and […]

Address to the AustCham Luncheon, Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

3 September 2014

Thank you for inviting me along today. I would like to pay tribute to all of you; I don’t think your success and journey is celebrated enough. There may be some just awakening to the opportunities that are part of this extraordinary economy, this remarkable nation of wonderful and big hearted people that are driven […]

Business SA 175th Anniversary Gala Dinner – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide

29 August 2014

I’ve been invited along tonight to give a short speech and look at me – it’s the only speech I can give. Tonight I am here to celebrate enterprise. To all of you in this room, I am honoured and privileged to be amongst you for a fantastic evening to recognise 175 years of policy, […]

Address to the Small Business Forum, Milperra, Sydney

31 July 2014

hank you for coming along tonight. You are very blessed to have a passionate, authentic and very energetic local member in Craig Kelly. I’m saying that with a genuine appreciation and respect for what Craig brings to our Parliamentary team, his own business experience, the insights he’s gained as he’s looked at ways in which […]

Official launch of Start Up Australia, Sydney

30 July 2014

I’m a bit shell shocked, I don’t normally get an introduction like that. Thanks, that was terrific. It is genuinely a thrill to be amongst you today and I’m quite humbled because I’m here amongst so many wonderful success stories. I wish I could say I was one of those, but our enterprising adventure has […]

Address to the Inaugural Small Business Lindsay Luncheon with Fiona Scott MP, Penrith Stadium, Penrith

30 July 2014

Thanks everybody for having me back in Penrith. It’s great to be amongst your community again and I reflected on the last time Fiona and I were consulting and liaising. I was grateful for the Business Alliances wise counsel and also the Chambers. Who’s a member of the Chamber of Commerce? I would encourage you […]

Official opening of the Australian National University’s new Sciences Precinct, Linnaeus Way, Australian National University

14 July 2014

Professors, staff, colleagues, students, research, teaching and learning professionals: how about giving yourselves a big cheer before I talk. I am the reason we are running late because I wanted to speak with some of the staff and researchers in these facilities which has been truly inspirational. To see the sparkle in the eye and […]

Address to the G20 Agenda for Growth: Opportunities for small and medium enterprises conference, Melbourne

20 June 2014

Introduction Thank you all for coming to such an important conference during Australia’s G20 host year to discuss important issues for small and medium enterprises (or SMEs) across G20 nations. I would also like to thank our co-hosts - the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Their valuable support and hard work has made this […]

Address to the Microsoft Joined-Up Innovation event, National Gallery, Canberra

28 May 2014

It’s great to be here and I’d like to acknowledge my parliamentary colleagues Jason and Julie and to all of you, thank you for your interest. This is a real area of passion for me and it’s one that Pip and I share many stories about. Pip touched on a few things that are close […]

Address to the Wide Bay Australia Bundaberg Business Expo

23 May 2014

Thank you for having me here today, I wouldn’t have missed it for quids to be honest with you. I have travelled a long way - normally Victorians are only welcome if they play for the Melbourne Storm or are playing in a State of Origin team but it’s good to be up here. Keith […]

Address to the Institute of Public Accountants, Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra

14 May 2014

Our Budget is a crucial part of our Economic Action Strategy that aims to build a strong, prosperous economy for a safe and secure Australia. It is a Budget that calls on every Australian to create opportunities, to nurture economic growth and to ensure that we have secured brighter prospects for our future. It sets […]

Speech to Committee for Economic Development of Australia lunch, Melbourne

9 May 2014

Introduction Thank you for your warm welcome.  It’s a pleasure to be here. I’d like to thank David and CEDA for the opportunity to address you today. Today I want to talk about the Government’s Review of Competition Policy, and about why it’s so important for Australia’s productivity, growth and living standards that we get […]

Tax Institute Private Business Tax Retreat, Gold Coast

1 May 2014

Thank you for your warm welcome, and for the invitation to be with you today for this important event in the Tax Institute’s calendar. It’s a great pleasure to be here. Your “meeting at the crossroads” theme is very topical as there is a bit going on in your space at the moment as I’m […]

Small Business Forum with Karen Andrews MP and Mudgeeraba Chamber of Commerce, Mudgeeraba

30 April 2014

Thank you for the invitation to be here tonight. I want to acknowledge my friend and colleague, Karen Andrews MP and Ms Ros Bates MLA – Member for Mudgeeraba. I would also like to acknowledge Councillors and Chamber of Commerce members who have come along tonight. I learnt something tonight about your patch from Moira […]

Eden-Monaro Small Business Forum, Catalina Country Club, Batemans Bay

28 April 2014

Thank you all for inviting me along tonight and for all contributing to your local community and the economy. A warm welcome to various Chambers of Commerce Presidents who have come along tonight. I know you do your jobs for all the glamour they attract, but seriously it’s a really important role and a huge […]

Australian National Retailers Association Breakfast, Parliament House, Canberra

20 March 2014

Good morning and thank you for inviting me along today. The Prime Minister spoke with you this morning and I understand that went extremely well and there was a little low value threshold conversation that took place and I am happy to go over that ground further if you like. My role is to be […]

Australia Chinese Business Council Canberra Networking Day

17 March 2014

Thank you for inviting me along to this important networking opportunity that captures a defining moment, not only in China’s development, but the relationship between our two countries. It has enormous implications for both of our countries and I think we are ideally suited to be good partners together, particularly in the small business space.

The importance of a strong consumer law in the digital age, Speech to the 2014 National Consumer Congress, Sydney

13 March 2014

Thanks for that warm welcome. It's a great pleasure to be here at the 2014 National Consumer Congress. I'd like to thank the ACCC for once again hosting this important gathering. This year's theme is right on the money.  Consumption is increasingly moving online, and we need to make sure consumer protections are keeping up […]

Address to Fair Work Ombudsman Small Business Forum, RACV Club, Melbourne

7 March 2014

Thank you for your warm welcome today, and thank you to the Fair Work Ombudsman for hosting and organising this roundtable.  Small business and family enterprises are fundamental drivers of jobs, innovation and growth in Australia. We need to make sure that our workplace relations laws and regulations are meeting the needs of both employees […]

Institute of International Finance Conference, G20 Sydney

20 February 2014

Small businesses and family enterprises are fundamental drivers of jobs, of innovation and growth in our country as it is in yours. Access to affordable finance is the oxygen of enterprise and along with human capital and the accessibility of markets, is one of the primary preconditions for enterprise and the kind of growth that […]

Launch of ‘The Village’ at NAB, Melbourne

5 February 2014

This is a very exciting project. It’s a big bank walking the talk which understands how big a deal small business is to our economy and to our community. For those of you who don’t know, I am from the great southern hemisphere capital of Frankston. Our economy is small business and family run enterprises. […]

Address to the Mitre 10 Conference, Gold Coast

21 January 2014

Your brand’s been with us for half a century - its trusted, it's respected, it's been part of the community that I've grown up in and so many across Australia and it's not a surprise that 450 privately owned hardware businesses are competing in a very competitive space. I've touched on the group growth in […]