Appointment as Manager of Government Business in the Senate

I thank the Prime Minister for my appointment to the leadership team of the government as Manager of Government Business in the Senate, in addition to my continuing responsibilities as Minister for Education and Training. The Senate is Australia’s greatest parliamentary chamber but, for governments, also its most challenging. Successful management requires respect for the…

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Interview on ABC News with Julie Doyle

E&OE TRANSCRIPT Interview on ABC News with Julie Doyle Topics: Cabinet reshuffle; Higher education changes announced in MYEFO 19/12/2017 13:05PM Julie Doyle:                  Impending news of the reshuffle that’s coming, are you staying as Education Minister? Simon Birmingham:     Well look, I would anticipate that, but in the end Cabinet and Ministerial arrangements are the gift…

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Interview on Sky News with Samantha Maiden  

E&OE TRANSCRIPT Interview on Sky News with Samantha Maiden   Topics: Higher education changes announced in MYEFO; Cabinet reshuffle. 19/12/2017 12:09PM Samantha Maiden:       And joining me now live is the Education Minister, Simon Birmingham. You’ve just outlined these major reforms to universities, but let’s start with the Cabinet reshuffle. Why is the Prime Minister taking…

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Interview on ABC RN Breakfast with Hamish Macdonald

E&OE TRANSCRIPT Interview on ABC RN Breakfast with Hamish Macdonald Topics: Higher education changes; South Australian Newspoll results 19/12/2017 08:05AM Hamish Macdonald: Universities across the country have criticised the Federal Government’s plan to claw back money from the sector. The Government’s mid-year Budget update includes a two-year freeze on the Commonwealth Grant Scheme payments to…

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Boosting critical supercomputing research infrastructure

Joint media release with Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Michaelia Cash The Turnbull Government will deliver $70 million to the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) High Performance Computing (HPC) facility to replace its supercomputer. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said replacing the NCI’s supercomputer was identified as a vital and urgent recommendation…

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