National Electrical and Communications Association, (NECA) Lunch Event

17 November 2016

Good afternoon, everyone — it’s great to be here on what is a big day for the National Electrical and Communications Association. Your National Excellence Awards will be a celebration — and not just about what’s happened over the last year. They’ll also be about the last one-hundred years, when the fledgling Electrical Traders and […]

Address at the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Conference, Sydney

16 November 2016

Good morning, everyone — it's fantastic to be here to speak to you for the first time as Small Business Minister. I've been in the job for several months now. And from the get-go I said I wanted to be a champion for small business owners everywhere. To that end, I want to share the […]

Plumbing Products Industry Group AGM

19 October 2016

Welcome Good morning. Thank you for the welcome and thank you to Stuart (Henry, Executive Director of the Plumbing Products Industry Group) for inviting me here today. It's great to be here on behalf of the Prime Minister. I welcome you to Parliament House and would like to acknowledge the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples who […]

‘Innovation meets opportunity’ – Opening speech to the National Franchising Convention 2016

10 October 2016

Good morning, everyone — it’s fantastic to be here, and to have the honour of officially opening this convention.   Since I became Minister, I’ve met some remarkable folk right across the small business community. They’re decent, hard-working people who take challenges in their stride, welcome new opportunities, and always have one eye on the […]

Remarks at the Family Business Australia National Conference, Albert Park, Melbourne

18 August 2016

Thanks Steve (Samson, Family Business Australia Chairman) for that welcome and thanks to Family Business Australia for inviting me here today. This is an important event. Family businesses are important. They make up around seven of every 10 businesses. They employ, on average, 37 workers. Many of them are small businesses — yet if you […]

Small Business Development Conference, Melbourne

15 August 2016

Good morning. Thanks for the warm welcome and thank you to our conference hosts: Business Enterprise Centre Australia; Business Innovation and Incubation Australia and; The National New Enterprise Incentive Scheme Association. It's terrific to be here in Melbourne this morning for the start of this Small Business Development Conference. This year's theme – Innovation through […]

Remarks regarding the 2016 Census, Parliament House

3 August 2016

It’s great to be here today to discuss the 2016 Census. It is an important event which has been held every 5 years since 1911. The Census is a point in time snapshot of the Australian population. The data collected helps governments and private sector organisations make informed decisions about the future. For example, if […]