Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

Transcript: ABC News Breakfast Saturday 2 May

May 02, 2020

I think the important thing here is to make sure that we continue to act on the basis of the best advice. I mean, I agree with Trent that one thing that's been really striking through this has been how Australians have responded. And what my constituents have been telling me - and I think this is what the opinion polling is saying too - is Australians understand the important thing is to keep the community safe.

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Transcript: ABC Afternoon Briefing

April 27, 2020

Look, as a parent of primary school students, what I want is for advice to be followed. The right advice. I'm very comfortable with the arrangements that are in Victoria at the moment.

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Opinion: COVID-19 is Reshaping Our Cities

April 27, 2020

Around the world big global cities are now looking very different - with empty streets, deserted football stadiums and fenced-off play equipment. COVID-19 has radically changed our urban environment. Movement in Melbourne and Sydney has fallen to 15% and 13% of normal levels as people isolate at home.

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Coronavirus-related racism against Chinese Australians is abhorrent

April 21, 2020

COVID-19 has brought out the best in Australians, but it's also brought out the worst in some of us. It seems barely a day goes by without news of another Asian Australian experiencing shocking racial abuse. The pandemic appears to be accelerating a pre-existing trend of increased racism in our community.

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How We Want Our Tomorrow To Look

April 03, 2020

The unexpected has become the new normal. Each day presents new challenges as this coronavirus pandemic spreads. Each day we see new action, new initiatives, new rules, all aimed at protecting those we love and preserving our society.

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Doorstop interview - 6 March 2020

March 06, 2020

I'm particularly pleased to be here in Chinatown, where we are launching today Labor's petition against racism. We are calling on the Government to fund a national anti-racism campaign and now is the time that needs to happen.

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