Speeches

Speech - Global Market Turbulence And The Australian Economy

March 18, 2008

The world has witnessed substantial financial market turbulence since it began in August last year, making its presence felt across markets, across nations, and across continents. It is of course most evident in the United States, but it affects all of us to a greater or lesser degree, including the hard working families of Australia.

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Speech - New Politics And The Modern Economy

March 06, 2008

The Australian people have given the Rudd Government the chance to prove to them that we meant what we said. Actions speak louder than words. And our actions in our first three months in office show we are serious about providing national leadership.

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Speech - A Modern Platform For Business

February 26, 2008

There are a lot of people who run major businesses here this evening. You are accustomed to making decisions when the future is uncertain; when there are difficult trade-offs between competing objectives; when you need to assemble the most thoughtful analysis; and when the success of your business sometimes depends on you departing quite radically from the way things used to be done. This is also the context in which I am framing the Budget.

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Speech - Tax Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Reduction) Bill 2008

February 14, 2008

These tax reforms are designed to reward the hard work of Australians whose efforts are so critical to keeping the economy strong. They are also a down payment on a more internationally competitive tax system that will enhance the economy's productive capacity and help attract and retain highly skilled workers.

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Speech - Address To The Mick Young Scholarship Trust Dinner

February 08, 2008

Well, what a marvelous event to remember and continue the legacy of my old friend and my great early political mentor, Mick Young. I can think of few people in our great movement – indeed, few Australians – who could draw not only the PM but most of the Government to a dinner in their honour. In fact, with a quorum present, Kevin, I suggest a quick Cabinet meeting after the second bottle of wine when everyone's in an agreeable mood.

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Speech - Informing The Modern Economy

January 31, 2008

I'm sure you'll agree they are two of the Canberra gallery's best journalists, of course bolstered now by the talented Ashleigh Gillon. Sky has had a remarkable impact on government and business, and changed the face of real-time journalism with its regularly breaking news. And since Sky began broadcasting here in the mid-1990s, the shape of the Australian economy has changed dramatically.

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