Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

ABC News Breakfast Saturday 10 April

April 10, 2021

If there were a vaccine for incompetence, Scott Morrison, his cabinet should be at the front of that queue. Because what we've seen here is something quite extraordinary, and a government failing to do its most important job. The thing is the Prime Minister said last year that he wanted to under promise, so he could over-deliver. And that was the first of so many promises that have been broken when it comes to vaccination.

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Address to Committee for Adelaide - Towards More Sustainable Cities

March 11, 2021

Getting urban policy right is critical to Australia's economic recovery. Cities are the places where the vast majority of Australians live and work. Our CBDs - the places which have dominated jobs growth for the past decade - have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns.

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No One Ought To Feel Alone

March 06, 2021

In 2013, 95,000 Liverpool fans packed the MCG and sang together the iconic club anthem, "You'll Never Walk Alone". It was incredibly moving. For a fleeting minute or so, everyone in that stadium was connected, as we all need to be.

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Doorstop interview Thursday 25 February

February 25, 2021

Today's front page of the Herald Sun blows the whistle on Scott Morrison's rail park fail. Before the last election, Scott Morrison promised millions of suburban commuters better parking at train stations and what he's done instead is take them all for a ride. This is the Prime Minister who is always about the photo up, never about the follow through.

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ABC News Breakfast Saturday 6 February 2021

February 06, 2021

...instead of blaming people for not coming home back in March, the Morison Government should take responsibility for getting people home. It was in September that the Prime Minister promised that everyone would be home by Christmas, we've still got 40,000 people trapped overseas, many of whom in really desperate and vulnerable circumstances...

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Racism is not limited to sport

February 03, 2021

The first time I witnessed racism was at a football game when I was a kid. One of the best players afield that day was called a "petrol sniffer" by an abusive member of the crowd seated behind me. I remember the atmosphere in the crowd changed. Some people fell silent, a few people glared their disapproval at the abusive spectator.

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