Speeches

Address to the Australian Finance Industry Association (AFIA) conference

20 November 2018

Acknowledgements Thank you to the Australian Finance Industry Association for hosting today's conference. AFIA has an important history beginning with the Australian Finance Conference in 1958 and no doubt will continue to make a contribution to policy development in the finance sector for many years to come. I want to start by acknowledging the focus […]

Address to the Sohn Hearts and Minds Investment Leaders Conference, Melbourne

16 November 2018

Congratulations to the organisers of this outstanding Sohn Hearts and Minds event in Melbourne, it’s a real pleasure to be here with you for the opening. Now in its third year, it’s great to see fund managers and the not-for-profit sector coming together for mutual benefit – and supporting important causes including MS Research, Victor […]

IFA Intervention: G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, Bali

11 October 2018

Thank you, Chair. Firstly, I welcome the report from the EPG and particularly congratulate it on its work. There is a lot of merit in these proposals. It is very timely given that we need to steer the global financial system through some challenging times. I have a few quick points. Firstly, we welcome the […]

Infrastructure Intervention: G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, Bali

11 October 2018

Thank you, Chair. May I first congratulate Argentina for placing infrastructure at the centre of the G20 agenda. Australia welcomed the opportunity to co-chair the Infrastructure Working Group. We thank Japan for agreeing to continue this work in 2019.  We all know how important investment in infrastructure is to boosting productivity, economic growth and our […]

Trade Intervention: G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, Bali

11 October 2018

Firstly, I would like to thank the Government of Indonesia for hosting these meetings. I would like to express our condolences to the people of Indonesia following the terrible tsunami and earthquake in Central Sulawesi. Our prayers are with you. My predecessor, Scott Morrison, is now the Prime Minister. So clearly he was doing something […]

Opening remarks: Council on Federal Financial Relations, Melbourne

3 October 2018

Welcome colleagues to the Council on Federal Financial Relations. Welcome to Melbourne, on behalf of Tim and I, and welcome to Treasury Place. It was here that the gold was stored, in this very building, and there’s a big safe below, I have checked it and there’s nothing left. So, unfortunately, that is the case. […]