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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International Education Symposium

Thanks very much Phil, I’m slightly less frustrated this season as I was last season as an Adelaide Crows fan but it’s still very much early days. To Phil Honeywood, perhaps Australia’s preeminent advocate for international education, and thank you for, not only having me here today and for you through the IEAA convening this…

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GTA Conference

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: …to direct future qualification frameworks and arrangements to be responsive to those future needs of our economy. We’ve already of course announced the new models in relationship to training package development that will put industry reference committees at the heart of that process and in the next few days I hope to announce…

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NEAS Conference Opening Speech

Good morning ladies and gentleman and thank you very much for that welcome it is a pleasure to join you today for the National English Language Training Accreditation Scheme conference 2015, blessedly known as NEAS because the full title in and of itself is a bit like the English language test. It is a delight…

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AMEP Forum Launch

Subject: (AMEP Forum Launch) E&OE… SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Good morning ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for that introduction and welcome to chilly Canberra, it’s nice and warm in here though and I thank you all very much for being here today to participate in this forum, the Adult Migrant English Program forum. It’s a…

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Marriage Amendment Bill

 I regret that I am not able to be in the Senate to make a contribution to today’s debate on same-sex marriage, but write this article to ensure my views and position are understood.   The reason for my absence from the Senate is perhaps poignant, as I am taking some short leave following the…

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