201405.13

Institute of International Finance Conference, G20 Sydney

*Check against delivery* Small businesses and family enterprises are fundamental drivers of jobs, of innovation and growth in our country as it is in yours. Access to affordable finance is the oxygen of enterprise and along with human capital and the accessibility of markets, is one of the primary preconditions for enterprise and the kind…

201403.17

Australia Chinese Business Council Canberra Networking Day

*Check against delivery* Thank you for inviting me along to this important networking opportunity that captures a defining moment, not only in China’s development, but the relationship between our two countries. It has enormous implications for both of our countries and I think we are ideally suited to be good partners together, particularly in the…

201403.13

The importance of a strong consumer law in the digital age, Speech to the 2014 National Consumer Congress, Sydney

*Check against delivery* Thanks for that warm welcome. It’s a great pleasure to be here at the 2014 National Consumer Congress. I’d like to thank the ACCC for once again hosting this important gathering. This year’s theme is right on the money. Consumption is increasingly moving online, and we need to make sure consumer protections…

201403.07

Address to Fair Work Ombudsman Small Business Forum, RACV Club, Melbourne

*Check against delivery* Thank you for your warm welcome today, and thank you to the Fair Work Ombudsman for hosting and organising this roundtable. Small business and family enterprises are fundamental drivers of jobs, innovation and growth in Australia. We need to make sure that our workplace relations laws and regulations are meeting the needs…

201402.05

Launch of ‘The Village’ at NAB, Melbourne

*Check against delivery* This is a very exciting project. It’s a big bank walking the talk which understands how big a deal small business is to our economy and to our community. For those of you who don’t know, I am from the great southern hemisphere capital of Frankston. Our economy is small business and…