Address to the Committee for Economic Development Australia

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: The concept of education as an industry is a controversial one.  Education is a public good, with private benefits.  It enables and empowers individuals, while strengthening and enriching both communities and nations. I dare say that every Australian recognises education as a right, whatever their differing views on how far that right extends…

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AMEP Forum

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Thank you very much, welcome, it is great to be here today at this second round of consultations for the Adult Migrant English Program. They say that the government test of a good policy or a good program is on that withstands a change in government. In this case, AMEP has been around…

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‘The MAS Experience’ Launch

E&OE… SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Thanks to Paul and Elizabeth. Ladies and gentlemen it’s great to see you all here today, it’s wonderful to be here in enemy territory at the Port Adelaide Football Club; probably one of the most historic and, dare I say, sacred sites in Adelaide and South Australia. Not my preferred place of…

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Shanghai Pharmaceutical School

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Ms Lau thank you for your warm words of welcome and for the display of welcoming hospitality we've received on arriving here at the Shanghai Pharmaceutical School. Australia is incredibly proud of our vocational education in training system, it delivers highly skilled workers for our economy, it gives them nationally recognised qualifications that…

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Korea Polytechnic – South Korea

Subject: (Strengthening education ties between Australia and South Korea) E&OE… SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Thank you. Your English is much better than my Korean and I won’t try anymore, but thank you very much distinguished leaders of education and training here in Korea for welcoming me and the delegation from Australia, from our embassy, from our institute…

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Austcham Roundtable – China

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Thank you for all coming along today and firstly, my apologies that we were a little late, Catharine assured me that the schedule was done on Shanghai traffic, not Adelaide traffic. While it’s good to be here, can I also, just out the outset begin by thanking Austcham for hosting this event, express…

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Australia China VET Forum, Beijing, China

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Good morning ladies and gentlemen, Ni hao. It's a pleasure to be with you all, to the very many distinguished guests who are here, in particular to my friend and Australia's friend, Vice Minister Hao Ping. Thank you very much for the very warm way in which you have opened today's proceedings, the very…

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Apprenticeships Matter

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Thanks so much George and to you and the team. Ian and Michael and all here at Apprenticeships Matter and your key stakeholders and your colleagues and friends that you work with, thanks for having me along here today. I must say as I am the father of a two year old and…

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NCVER Conference

E&OE… SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Well thanks so very much Craig for that introduction, and to NCVER for having me along today. It's wonderful to be with you today, it was particularly wonderful though to start the day enjoying the kind hospitality of Qantas for an extra couple of hours this morning.  So, I loved it so…

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Speech: National TAFE Day

To Bill Shorten, the leader of the opposition, Senator Rhiannon when she arrives, and those other Parliamentary guests who are here tonight who are far too numerous to mention. Chris Robinson, the Chief Commissioner of the Australian Skills Quality Authority, thank you for being here. Chris I understand, I think somewhere Malcolm White, hopefully, the…

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