Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

Finding New Ways Of Measuring Diversity

October 10, 2019

Happy 40th Birthday to FECCA. When we talk about how immigration has shaped and is shaping Australia, we must speak of both statistics and stories.

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Transcript: ABC Radio Hobart

October 10, 2019

...this could mean that 2,000 Australians, including about 100 people in Hobart would lose their jobs. These are really hard-working public servants who do important work and take great pride in it. They take their job very seriously, because it goes to really fundamental questions of who comes to Australia and what conditions we place on them coming here.

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Transcript: Hobart doorstop 10 Oct 2019

October 10, 2019

I've been here attending the FECCA conference just behind us, which has been a great gathering of five hundred multicultural leaders coming together in Hobart to talk about issues of concern and also opportunities. One of things people are concerned about and we are too...

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Transcript: Launceston doorstop

October 09, 2019

...we need a government that is prepared to support this woman, prepared to take modern Australia seriously and give people a pathway to citizenship who want it and deserve it. What is worse than this is this situation is compounded by the fact that there is an expected announcement later this month to privatise...

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The Right Answer Depends On Asking the Right Question

October 01, 2019

Finding the right answer depends on asking the right question. In terms of electoral regulation, this requires that we take a broad rather than a narrow view of the problem we are grappling with. I believe that the challenge is to reinforce and rebuild electoral and political institutions which support trust and confidence in our democracy.

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Transcript: ABC News Breakfast, Saturday 28 Sept

September 28, 2019

We support any additional assistance for farmers and for drought-affected communities. But this package is simply too little, too late. And it's also too ad hoc. I mean we need a plan for drought, and that's got to be a plan that actually involves the Government taking seriously the challenge of climate change.

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A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA