Address to South East Asia Australia Offshore and Onshore Conference (SEAAOC) Darwin

It’s great to be back for another South East Asia Australia Offshore and Onshore Conference. I thank Informa Australia and the Northern Territory Government for their continuing commitment to this long-running conference. Author Tess Lea said in her biography of Darwin that: Darwin is a survivor, you have to give it that. Razed to the ground four times in its short history, it has picked itself up out of the debris to not only rebuild, but grow. Read more

Queensland Resources Media Club Luncheon Address

It is a great honour to have been asked to speak at the first Resources media club event. And at this first event I thought I would concentrate on making the moral case for the development of Australia's resources. Last week I was in India which thankfully had much better traffic than Brisbane thanks to the absence of anyone supergluing themselves to a road - at least on my journeys. India remains, of course, a developing country. The average income of an Indian is 15 per cent that of an Australian, but Indian incomes are growing fast. It is the fastest growing major economy of the world. And it is one of the youngest countries in the world too; one million Indians turn 18 every month. Read more

2019 Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf

Thank you so much and it is a great honour and privilege to be here this morning. I am limping to the stage this morning because I did my knee on the weekend playing cricket with the kids. I was bowling to my 14 year old and he was giving me a bit of stick in the backyard so, inspired Jofra Archer the night before, so I came in off the long run to show my 14 year old who was still boss. Read more

A Pope and a Greenie: Why more power should be given to locals

During the recent election, Bob Brown decided it was a good idea to travel into the heart of coal mining country and lecture everybody about how evil their livelihoods were. Read more

Address to NSW Mining Health, Safety, Environment and Community Conference

During the recent federal election, the Queensland Government announced a new condition that it would place on Adani. To receive approval, Adani would have to count every black throated finch on its mine site. Read more

2019 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release address

Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to speak at this Connect event hosted by APPEA. I'm sorry I couldn't join you in person, but it's a sitting week here in Canberra. I want to congratulate APPEA for doing this innovative style of announcing this acreage release through a live stream and congratulations to Andrew McConville and all his team. Read more

APPEA Press Conference Speech

Press conference speech at the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association. Read more

National Resources Statement Launch

Thank you for the opportunity to address this year’s Minerals Week Seminar. The key topics for the seminar—mining industry sustainability, community engagement and innovation—are high on the Australian Government’s agenda for resources policy.When I spoke at the Melbourne Mining Club in December, I indicated I was working on a forward-looking policy document. Read more

Melbourne Mining Club Address

Perhaps the most famous history of the Australian resources sector, written by Geoffrey Blainey, is subtitled "The rush that never ended". The first edition of that book was written 55 years ago, and I don't think the rush has ended yet. Since the mid 2000s, employment, production and tax revenues in and from the resources sector have all more than doubled, and wages in the resources sector have increased by more than 70 per cent. Australia's resources industry has never been more important to our economic wealth and prosperity than it is today. Read more

2018 Annual Statement on Developing Northern Australia

When this government announced its White Paper on northern development three years ago, we mapped out a 20 year plan to develop the north, the first White Paper by any Commonwealth Government to develop Northern Australia. The government has made significant progress on implementing our plan, including the construction of roads, dams and other infrastructure, and three quarters of the White Papers recommendations have been implemented. Read more



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