Speech: Universities Australia

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Thank you very much Ian. To Professor Ian O’Connor, Vice Chancellor of Griffith University, Gareth Evans, Chancellor at the ANU, fellow Vice-Chancellors present, to my Parliamentary colleagues present – Senator Bridget McKenzie to whom I think we owe enormous credit and probably apologies at this time of the Parliamentary year. Chairing the Senate…

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Speech: University of Newcastle 50th Anniversary

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Thank you so very much Vice-Chancellor Caroline McMillen, to Chancellor Paul Jeans, to my many Parliamentary colleagues who are here including the Shadow Minister Senator Kim Carr, the many alumni of the University of Newcastle amongst those Parliamentary ranks. Ladies and gentlemen, it is wonderful to see a gathering here for a birthday…

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Speech: Deakin University

E&OE… Simon Birmingham: Thank you- thank you very much Professor Jane den Hollander, vice-Chancellor of Deakin University and to David Morgan, the Chancellor for leadership at Deakin University. Ladies and gentlemen it’s wonderful to be with you all, can I acknowledge also [indistinct] to thank you for your welcome to country on behalf of the…

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Speech: China in the World Building Opening

E&OE… SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Thank you very much Professor Ian Young for that welcome. Vice-Chancellor it is a delight to be here at the Australian National University for this very important occasion, the opening of the centre for China. The opportunity for this university to be able to cement its position as not just one of…

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Speech: Time Higher Education World Academic Summit

The wonderfully witty and wily Mark Twain once remarked that education is “the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.”  Based on Mr Twain’s observation, with such an esteemed, learned and well educated audience gathered here in this one location you may very well represent the collective pinnacle of miserable uncertainty! Nonetheless, it is a…

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Speech: Stretton Centre Opening

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Thank you very much, Dermott, for that welcome. Ladies and gentlemen, good morning it is a delight to be with you with you all here today and to be with you here on my fifth day as the Federal Minister for Education and Training and my first outing here in my home state,…

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