ADDRESS TO THE ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTES

ADDRESS TO THE ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTES

CANBERRA


Thursday, 7 DECEMBER 2017

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BUILDING A NEW FUTURE FOR AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURING

Good morning, and thank you for the invitation to address your Industry Leaders Forum once again.

I wish to acknowledge the chair of the Australian Food and Grocery Council board, Mr Clive Stiff, the chief executive, Ms Tanya Barden, and board members.

When I spoke at this gathering two years ago, I talked about the dismantling of innovation and industry assistance programs established under the former Labor Government.

On this occasion I want to remind you of Labor’s approach to innovation and in particular, industry policy.

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BEYOND THE HOLDEN SHUTDOWN

Good afternoon, and thank you for asking me to contribute to this discussion of what the future holds for SA, and indeed, the nation.

At a time like this it takes courage to look ahead with confidence.

We all know what the automotive industry, and Holden in particular, has meant for this state.

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Speech to Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry reception

Speech to Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry reception

WHY INNOVATION IS IMPORTANT

MYOB, Richmond, Victoria

16 March 2017

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SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER – AUSTRALIAN YOUNG LABOR CONFERENCE

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER – AUSTRALIAN YOUNG LABOR CONFERENCE 


CANBERRA

5 FEBRUARY 2017 

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Good morning, and thank you for inviting me to speak to you.

I especially thank the organisers of this conference, including your National President, Ben Rillo, Senior Vice-President, Josh Gilligan, and National Secretary, Josh Orchard.

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SCIENCE MEETS BUSINESS

SCIENCE MEETS BUSINESS

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AUSTRALIA

MELBOURNE

MONDAY 22 OCTOBER 2016

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Good morning, and thank you for inviting me to speak to you on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten.

I want to put forward for your consideration three obstacles impeding the way the political system deals with science, research and innovation policy.

These are the increasing alienation of many people from mainstream politics; the effect of Budget cuts; and a narrow, counter-productive emphasis on commercialisation of research.

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IN DEFENCE OF BASIC RESEARCH

 

IN DEFENCE OF BASIC RESEARCH 

Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities annual conference

University of Tasmania

Hobart

Friday 2 September 2016

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Speech to Declaration of the Victorian Senate Results

I am pleased and honoured to be returned as a Senator for Victoria, and congratulate the other senators declared elected.

Despite public opinion to the contrary, and perhaps experience, I still regard politics as a noble calling.

Since I was first elected in 1993, I have seen 155 senators come and go, four of them twice: Jacinta Collins, Louise Pratt, Don Farrell and Sandy MacDonald.

Since Federation, there have been 580 senators.

The rate of turnover has accelerated. In the last Parliament, the 44th, 45 per cent of senators had less than six years’ experience.

It is important to remember, in a country that claims not to value experience, that there is always more to learn.

As is now expected in Senate polls, there were many candidates – 116 in this state.

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SPEECH TO CSIRO FORUM

 SPEECH TO CSIRO FORUM

HOBART

WEDNESDAY, 11 MAY 2016

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The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s aims are set out in the Science and Industry Research Act of 1949. 

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Speech to Medicines Australia dinner, Tuesday 15 March

I’ve read what you say about yourselves: Medicines Australia drives the creation and development of an environment for the continued sustainable growth of the innovative, research-based prescription medicines industry.

There’s a lot in that sentence: words like drive, creation, sustainable, innovation and research.

Whatever way you read it, your industry has a crucial place in the national innovation system. 

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