Speeches

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Speeches 2017-07-25T15:52:13+00:00

Crawford Australian Leadership Forum – Australian National University, Canberra

Thank you Gareth. Good morning ladies and gentlemen. It's always a pleasure to be at ANU. This is the Australian Government's university and I believe it plays a vital role in the development of public policy, and so it is a pleasure to be invited to address this Forum, which in only four years has emerged as an important arena in which to discuss some of the major challenges facing our country, facing our region and globally, and to foster ideas that can inform the development of public policy. I looked at the topic today and decided that as opening [...]

June 19th, 2017|

EU Leadership Speech

To the many distinguished guests here this evening, ambassadors, excellences, friends of Australia, friends of the European Union, Virginia, Ambassador Fabrizi, ladies and gentlemen. In the presence of the United Kingdom High Commissioner, Menna Rawlings, may I again extend our deepest condolences to the people of Britain, the British Government, as we hear more of the shocking events that unfolded in London overnight. Our thoughts and our prayers are again with the victims and families of this shocking terrorist incident. Last September High Representative Federica Mogherini and I announced the establishment of an initiative, for which time had well and [...]

June 4th, 2017|

House of Representatives – Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017 Second Reading

Ms JULIE BISHOP (Curtin—Minister for Foreign Affairs) (16:33): I rise to speak on behalf of the school communities in my electorate of Curtin. The purpose of this bill, the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017, is to ensure that there is a fair, consistent and transparent school funding model with Commonwealth and state government contributions combining to support both the state government school sector and the non-government and independent school sector. The Turnbull government is committed to fixing the existing outdated funding model that is manifestly unfair and complicated, with at least 27 separate funding agreements, to ensure that Australia has [...]

May 29th, 2017|

Human Rights Council Campaign Launch – New York

Excellencies, I am deeply appreciative of the fact that Permanent Representatives, representatives from UN Missions, from NGOs and from UN agencies are here tonight. And we deeply appreciate your presence here. It's important to us, for tonight I am proud to formally launch Australia’s campaign to serve, for the first time, on the United Nations Human Rights Council for the term 2018-2020. The question is why should Australia receive your support for the Human Rights Council, given that like many nations, we can claim a proud and long history of promoting and protecting human rights at home and abroad. Well [...]

May 18th, 2017|

Australian Airline Pilot Academy Graduation Ceremony

Speech, check against delivery Wagga Wagga 12 May 2017 May I begin by acknowledging the local Federal Member, my friend and colleague Michael McCormack the Minister for Small Business; the local State Member Daryl Maguire, my former colleague and the former Member for Riverina Kay Hull — we both entered Parliament together way back in 1998 and it’s wonderful to see Kay here; the Mayor of Wagga Greg Conkey; and also of course John Sharp the Deputy Chair of Rex; Chris Hine the Chair of AAPA; the Consul General from Vietnam, good to see you again Your Excellency; and Captain [...]

May 12th, 2017|

University of Adelaide Graduation Ceremony

Speech, check against delivery Adelaide 3 May 2017 Chancellor, distinguished guests, graduates and their families, ladies and gentlemen. I remember this hall. It’s been a very long time but as law students we sat through our exams in Bonython Hall. I have one very vivid and enduring memory. It was a Tuesday afternoon, we were seated in here taking an exam – it was constitutional law. All was quiet except for the scratching of our pens and the rustling of paper. Suddenly the doors burst open and a young man ran into the hall shouting “Whitlam’s been sacked!” It was [...]

May 3rd, 2017|

Kimberley Process Intersessional Meeting

Speech, check against delivery Perth 1 May 2017 Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my home town of Perth for the Kimberley Process Intersessional meeting. Australia is delighted to chair the Kimberley Process in 2017 for the very first time. Australia is the world’s thirteenth largest economy with about 24 million people, but in mining and resources and energy terms we are in fact a superpower. Australia is the largest producer in the world of iron ore, uranium, gold, nickel, lead, zinc; we are the second largest producer of copper and bauxite. We are currently the largest exporter of [...]

May 1st, 2017|

Dawn Service Speech, Anzac Day Address, Gallipoli

As dawn broke on the 25th April 1915, hundreds of Australian soldiers from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, stepped foot on the darkened beach of a rugged cliff-strewn peninsula known as Gallipoli. They were far from home, for within months of the commencement of the Great War, Australian men in their thousands had volunteered to join our armed forces to fight in far distant lands. From every community, from every walk of life, Australian sons and fathers, husbands and brothers, answered the call of patriotic duty. They left behind those they loved and cherished the most. By the [...]

April 25th, 2017|

Australia-Japan 60th Anniversary Commerce Agreement

Speech, check against delivery Tokyo, Japan 19 April 2017 Minister Kishi, Minister Ciobo, parliamentarians, Ambassador and Mrs Court, friends of Australia, friends of Japan. It is a great pleasure to be back here in Tokyo during the 60th anniversary year of the Australia-Japan Commerce Agreement. In 1957, the Commerce Agreement had its critics – the decision to normalise trade between our two countries took courage. The Australian Government, led by Sir Robert Menzies, and the Japanese Government, led by Prime Minister Kishi were determined to look to the future rather than be constrained by the past. The Agreement became the cornerstone [...]

April 19th, 2017|

Global Heads of Mission Meeting

Speech, check against delivery Canberra 28 March 2017 Good morning Heads of Mission, welcome home. We live in a very uncertain world that is constantly changing. The global economic, political and strategic environment is less predictable, more unstable than we have seen in many years. There is significant economic volatility, rising nationalism and protectionism driven by populist campaigns, terrorism, violent extremism and radicalisation. There are significant conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa, there are humanitarian crises that are unprecedented in their scope and scale, there's mass movement of people around the world, displaced, seeking refuge. And technological disruption [...]

March 28th, 2017|

Australia Awards Indonesia event – reception for Hadi Soesastro Prize and Allison Sudradjat Prize awardees

Speech, check against delivery Canberra 27 March 2017 Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. I am delighted to see so many friends of Australia and friends of Indonesia here at this important event to honour the efforts of outstanding Indonesian students who are being awarded Australia Award prizes. I particularly acknowledge the family of Allison Sudradjat – Simone, her sister; her daughters, Yasmin and Jamila; and baby Wyatt – and also the Soesastro family – Albert, who is a dear friend, we’ve got to know each other very well through these award ceremonies over time. Also the representatives of the Indonesian [...]

March 27th, 2017|

Statement to the Global Coalition Summit

Speech, check against delivery Washington DC 22 March 2017 The Coalition’s objectives have been to inflict serious damage on ISIS; to destroy the caliphate; and to end the group’s ability to conduct and inspire terrorist attacks inside and outside Iraq and Syria. We have made significant progress, and we should remain focused on these objectives. Australia continues to play a major part in this effort, with over 1000 military personnel conducting and supporting air operations and training. We have undertaken over 2,000 sorties and trained 20,000 Iraqi security force personnel. We have provided and committed over $500 million in humanitarian [...]

March 23rd, 2017|

Statement to the Global Coalition Summit

Speech, check against delivery Washington DC 22 March 2017 The Coalition’s objectives have been to inflict serious damage on ISIS; to destroy the caliphate; and to end the group’s ability to conduct and inspire terrorist attacks inside and outside Iraq and Syria. We have made significant progress, and we should remain focused on these objectives. Australia continues to play a major part in this effort, with over 1000 military personnel conducting and supporting air operations and training. We have undertaken over 2,000 sorties and trained 20,000 Iraqi security force personnel. We have provided and committed over $500 million in humanitarian [...]

March 22nd, 2017|

Launch of Investing in Women Business Coalition

Speech, check against delivery Manila, The Philippines 16 March 2017 Ambassadors, Excellencies, dignitaries, friends of Australia, friends of the Philippines.  I am absolutely delighted to be here at the Australian Ambassador’s Residence in Manila to assist with the launch of this Philippines’ Business Coalition under the Investing in Women Initiative. I must say I was markedly impressed to learn that, not content with just an International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, the Philippines has a National Women’s Month, and so you take an entire month to focus on the achievements of the women of the Philippines!  In the [...]

March 16th, 2017|

Address to the Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute

Change and Uncertainty in the Indo-Pacific – Strategic Challenges and Opportunities for Australia and the Philippines Speech, check against delivery Manila, the Philippines 16 March 2017 Ambassador del Rosario, thank you for your very kind words.  Secretary Andanar, dignitaries, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. I am absolutely delighted to be addressing an institute which bears the name of my dear friend, Albert del Rosario. Albert was the Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2016 and before that, the Ambassador to the United States from 2001 to 2006. I valued his advice and his wisdom during our many discussions. During his [...]

March 16th, 2017|