Speeches

Address to the Credit Law Conference, Marriott Resort & Spa, Surfers Paradise

12 October 2017

Good morning, everyone — thanks so much for that welcome. And thanks, also, to the organisers of this event and its many sponsors. It’s great to be here with you in sunny Surfers. It’s remarkable how this place has changed over the last few years. To locals and visitors alike, it’s been re-energised — revitalised! […]

‘Franchise intelligence’, Address to the National Franchising Convention, Gold Coast

9 October 2017

Good morning, everyone — it's fantastic to be here. I'm no Shark or Bear — far from it, in fact. But I can't help but notice the lush fairways and the rolling greens here at the Pines. The remarkable thing about golf is that it's pretty much the same game as the one played in […]

Community and Collaboration – Address to the National Small Business Summit, Melbourne

24 August 2017

Good evening, everyone. It's fantastic to make my National Small Business Summit debut. What a resounding success this event is — a credit to the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) board, CEO Peter Strong and all involved. And I'm delighted that COSBOA has picked 'collaboration and community' as the Summit theme. They're words […]

‘Small Business White Paper Consultation’, Address to the Institute of Public Accountants, Wagga Wagga

21 August 2017

Thanks very much Andrew (Conway, CEO Institute of Public Accountants). I very much appreciate that. I acknowledge Greg Conkey, the Mayor of Wagga Wagga and Anabel Williams and Marney Johnstone from the Wagga Wagga Business Chamber. It’s sensational to be here, not least because it’s in my hometown. But also because we have – as […]

Address to the Alcohol Beverages Celebration of Industry dinner, Parliament House, Canberra

15 August 2017

Good evening It's great to join you tonight to represent Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at your dinner of celebration. Thank you for having me. In fact, I was thinking as I looked at my diary this morning that for a person who often doesn't drink, today is shaping up to be a great day of […]

‘Cyber security threats and small businesses’, Address to the Cyber Plus small business cyber security bundle launch, Parliament House, Canberra

15 August 2017

Good morning, everyone. It's great to be here for the launch of the Cyber Plus small business security bundle. As Minister for Small Business, it's always fantastic to see service providers customise their products to suit smaller operators. Moreover, I think the launch of your small business service is incredibly timely. It comes at a […]

‘Australia: a small business success’ – Address to The Sydney Institute

26 July 2017

Introduction Every morning, almost one in two Australians goes to work in a small business. Every morning, the wages of 5.6 million of us are paid and our communities are served by 3.2 million small businesses. So every time Australia's economic indicators show more people in work, more growth in our economy or even more […]

Address to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

17 June 2017

**CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY** Thank you Chair (Dr Joachim Von Amsberg, Vice-President, Policy and Strategy, AIIB) Governments often lack the capital to invest in infrastructure and are concerned, understandably and rightly, about rising public debt.  The World Economic Forum estimates the gap between infrastructure demand and investment is about US$1 trillion globally.  That is why good […]

Statement of Australia

17 June 2017

**CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY** I would like to thank the Government of the Republic of Korea for hosting this meeting and the people of Jeju for their hospitality. This meeting occurs at a time of continued global uncertainty and transition. After experiencing the lowest growth rate since the global financial crisis in 2016, global growth is […]

Address to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

17 June 2017

**CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY** Chairman (Dimitry Kumsishvili, Georgia), President Jin (Liqun, China), Deputy Prime Minister Kim (Dr Dong-yeon, Republic of Korea), Sir Danny (Alexander, United Kingdom), fellow Governors. Those of us gathered today in beautiful Jeju, Korea, understand the importance of infrastructure investment. That’s why we’re all here. Investment in infrastructure is vital to securing the […]

Address to the South-East Queensland Small Business Forum, Post-Budget Breakfast, Queensland

17 May 2017

Thank you. I am delighted to join you all here and outline how this year’s Federal Budget backs small business. For Australians in small business – all 3.2 million of them across the country – last Tuesday was just another day. It was another early morning, another busy day; another night spent pouring over what […]

Address to the Institute of Public Accountants & Canberra Business Chamber, Annual Federal Budget Breakfast, Parliament House, Canberra

10 May 2017

Thanks Steve [Price] for that introduction. I am excited to join you all and tell you a bit more about the Coalition Government's plans for jobs, for growth and for the future. Ours is a plan for fairness, opportunity and security no matter who you are or where you live. Australians know if our economy […]

Address to the Remote Australia Live Symposium, The Mint, Sydney.

27 April 2017

Thank you Dennis, for your kind introduction. I acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, of the Sydney region on whose land this event is being held. I also sincerely pay my respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, both past and present. I'd like to thank the co-hosts of this event—Ninti One […]

Address at the Australian Dental Industry Association office opening, Alexandria, Sydney

26 April 2017

Good morning, everyone. It's great to be here — an honour, in fact — as you officially open your new headquarters here in Alexandria. I have been on a roadshow of small business over the past few weeks to highlight the cuts in the company tax cuts for small business and to listen to their […]

Address to the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia Breakfast Event, Sofitel Hotel, Sydney

26 April 2017

Thanks Cynthia and hello, everyone. It’s great to see so many of you here this morning. The mortgage broking industry is, a very important one and the Government values the role it plays enabling people to attain their dreams – either through purchasing a home or pursuing a small business – in communities across the […]

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 […]