Mr Hockey during the course of his speech highlighted the need to increase engagement with Australia's neighbours in particular Indonesia - the largest Muslim country in the world and predicted to have the third largest economy globally within fifty years. He emphasised the importance of Indonesia by stating that if elected on the 14th of September, his first trip abroad, within a week, will be to Indonesia.
Mr Hockey concluded by stating his confidence in Australia, its future and its robust growth as a nation - "prosperity is engrained in its DNA."
However the highlight of the evening for most if not all who attended was the questions and answers segment. Mr Hockey 'braced' himself, ready for the many tough questions to come.
Questions ranged from the Coalitions plan to repeal certain legislation that currently prosecutes hate talk followed by questions on International relations including foreign policy decisions that have seen Australia partake in Afghanistan and Iraq. Other questions included plans for the education system such as a Gonski reform equivalent, asylum seeker issues as well as Superannuation and GST plans in the coming few years should the Coalition be elected in September.
As a token of its appreciation, The Crescent Institute presented Mr Hockey with a unique and original piece of art by Peter Gould depicting an image of Jerusalem reflecting Mr Hockey's Palestinian heritage.