Opening Address to the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit

**CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY** Introduction I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are meeting on, the Gadigal and Guring-gai people of the Eora nation. I pay my respects to the Elders past, present and future and welcome other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending today’s event. I wish to acknowledge…

Western Port Chaplaincy Speech in Parliament

October 30, 2014 marks the eighth anniversary of the National School Chaplaincy Program. This vital program takes a holistic approach to children’s learning, development and pastoral care. I commend everyone who has been involved in the program.

Speech to Parliament, 22 September, 2014:

Speech to Parliament, 22 September, 2014: In addressing the question of Iraq and the extraordinary activities which we have seen carried out at the hands of the extremists of ISIL, I want to begin with history, taking us back a decade. In the wake of September 11, in the wake of the Bali bombings, in…