Return to Parliament

Colleagues, it’s good to be back. I love this place and the vocation we all share. We’re here on the trust of our fellow Australians, who look to us to use our very privileged positions here to do our very best for the nation and for them. That lights the fire in my belly and…

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Thriving in a Disruptive World – Australian Financial Review Business Summit, Sydney

First of all, let me say that I really jumped at the chance to speak to the summit when I was offered the opportunity because I think it’s a good topic, at the right time, and it’s very important that it’s being done by the Financial Review, which over decades has built up its reputation for being an economically rational voice in the Australian policy debate – and boy, do we really need those voices going forward.

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National Science Week launch

Australian Parliament, Canberra. Thank you for being up so early, and thank you to all of you students who have come to Canberra to brave the cold with the rest of us. For the student from Tassie, he would be  thinking this is all pretty good, it’s a bit balmy actually. I’ll take my t-shirt…

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Address to CEDA “State of the Nation”

Well thanks very much Rebecca and it’s great to see you here in this new, if temporary, capacity because I think this sort of interchange between public and private sectors is important and I think we’ve got to do more of it. I never tire of telling people that, funnily enough, not all wisdom resides…

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Address to CeBIT Conference

Thank you, all of you, who’ve travelled from overseas. It’s fantastic to be here; it’s great that we’re back in the CBD, in the central business district for CeBIT. Other venues are wonderful, but to be here in the new International Convention Centre is fantastic and well done to the New South Wales Government and…

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National Press Club

Opening remarks It’s a humbling experience to deliver a speech to an audience made up of many of Australia’s best scientific minds. As a person of Greek heritage, I’m proud of the contribution of Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Archimedes and other classical Greek thinkers to the development of the scientific method.The scientific method has been essential…

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Speech at GovHack 2015 Red Carpet Awards

I had the pleasure of representing the Australian Government at the GovHack 2015 Red Carpet Awards. I spoke about the importance of collaborative innovation to the future of work, and congratulated this year’s winners for the range of extraordinary solutions they produced. Supported by both the Federal Government and the private sector, GovHack encourages young…

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