Newsletter Issue 10: October 2015

31 OCTOBER 2015


> THE ROLE OF THE CABINET SECRETARY  |  Since my swearing-in, there is one important question which I have been asked repeatedly: what does a Cabinet Secretary do? I’d like to take this opportunity to explain briefly the key aspects of my role.

> RAAF BASE WILLIAMTOWN |  It is always a pleasure to go out and about in Newcastle to meet with locals. Most recently, RAAF Base Williamtown’s commander Air Commodore Steven Roberton gave me a tour of the base and facilities.

> SPEECH AT THE GOVHACK 2015 RED CARPET AWARDS  |  Increasingly, governments are recognising that in this age – where IT, in particular, has democratised the distribution of knowledge and power – the wisdom of crowds is what will give you the solutions to intractable social and economic problems.

> BIG DATA AND THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT  |  Whether we realise it or not, big data has a significant presence in all our lives. It’s time for Australia to catch up and take full advantage of the opportunities it presents.

> STONE & CHALK OPENING  |  I was honoured to help celebrate the opening of Stone & Chalk, Sydney’s new not-for-profit fintech hub. Australian fintech companies are among the very best in the world, and Stone & Chalk will help Sydney to flourish as a centre of fintech in the Asia-Pacific region. 

> CYPRIOT COMMEMMORATION  |  It was an honour to attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Martin Place Cenotaph with the New South Wales Cyprus Community to commemorate fallen Australian and Cypriot soldiers.

> LET'S GO GREEK FESTIVAL PARRAMATTA  |  I very much enjoyed speaking at the Let’s Go Greek Festival in Parramatta. It’s always great to immerse myself in the good food, entertainment and warm hospitality of the Greek-Australian community.

> LAUNCH OF THE MOLECULAR FOOD TECHNOLOGY TRAINING CENTRE  |  I was pleased to officially launch the Australian Research Council’s new Training Centre for Molecular Technology in the Food Industry at Macquarie University.