Keynote address, Australian Small Business Champion Awards, The Westin Hotel, Sydney

1 April 2017

Good evening everyone and thank you Natarsha. I want to thank Steve Loe for the invitation to be here. I also want to acknowledge my National Party colleague the NSW Small Business Minister John Barilaro. And, Peter Strong, Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Small Business (COSBOA). It is an honour to be here […]

Keynote address, Consumer Action Law Centre Breakfast Event, Parliament House, Canberra

27 March 2017

Good morning everyone – thanks so much for being here. And thanks, also, to the Consumer Action Law Centre for putting on this event.    You know, since I became Small Business Minister in July, I’ve seen a lot. I’ve travelled — from Geraldton in WA to Gympie in Queensland. I’ve met some great people. And […]

Keynote address, Australian Statistics Advisory Council Dinner, Boat House by the Lake, Barton

20 March 2017

Good evening everyone. Thank you for your invitation to address the dinner of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) and to highlight – from the Federal Government’s perspective – the important role ASAC and statisticians play in helping us build the kind of country Australians deserve. I would like to acknowledge Mr Gary Banks AO, […]

Keynote address, Consumer Congress, Federation Square, Melbourne

15 March 2017

Hello, everyone, it’s great to be here in Melbourne this morning — and to see so many enthusiastic faces! I am excited to join you for the first Consumer Congress since my appointment as Small Business Minister – and Minister responsible for consumer affairs – last year. I understand the important role consumer law plays […]

Keynote address, Retail Leaders’ Forum, Sofitel Hotel, Sydney

8 March 2017

Hello, everyone. It’s great to be here for the second day of the Retail Leaders Forum, and to have the chance to talk to some of the industry’s leading lights. And I want to start by saying a strong retail industry matters. It matters to you. It matters to me. It matters to customers and […]

Keynote address, ‘Inspiring Rare Birds’ launch, Parliament House, Canberra

15 February 2017

Thank you very much Jo and it's an absolute pleasure to be here tonight with you all to celebrate the Canberra launch of Inspiring Rare Birds. I certainly thank my friend and colleague Julie Bishop for her inspiring words – she is a strong advocate for all women in this building. It's also great to […]

Driving Regulatory Reform Forum 2017, The Mantra, Canberra

8 February 2017

Good morning, everyone. It's great to see so many of you here. You're here because you're interested in learning more about regulation — how to lessen the burden in your respective departments and, even more importantly, the end users. What's more, every one of you has the ability to make a real difference; to drive […]

Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission – 2015 Australian Charities Report launch, Parliament House

7 February 2017

I am thrilled to see such a great representation of charities to launch the 2015 Australian Charities Report. As only the third Australian Charities Report, it is great to see the increased transparency in the sector that wasn't possible before the establishment of the ACNC. And with the 2015 report being only the second report […]