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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Speech: Velg Training conference

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Ladies and gentlemen it's great to be here with you all and wow what a warm up act. As a humble politician, that's one hell of an act to have to follow. So forgive me at the outset. Although there are those who might suggest that there were some shark sightings in Canberra…

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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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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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