Speech: INAP Conference, Ballarat

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: It is a delight to be with you all at the INAP conference today. Can I start by saying that it is always a pleasure at gatherings such as this, to follow on from the traditional welcome to country provided by Australia’s indigenous peoples and particularly today in the case of the Wathaurong…

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Master Builders SA Industry Dinner

E&OE… SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Thanks very much for that welcome, and ladies and gentlemen it's wonderful to be with you all here at the Adelaide Oval, the magnificent Adelaide Oval. It is a great venue indeed to have a gathering of Master Builders, because it is a testament to the fact that you have taken, as…

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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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Global Skills Forum

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Thanks very much, John, and good morning ladies and gentlemen. John did all the scene setting that was required there, so I’m not sure that my comments are too required to add terribly much to this.  Thank you for coming today for what is an important discussion around our national strategy for international…

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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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‘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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