Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

The Challenge of Refugee Policy

June 26, 2019

It’s my very great pleasure to be here in Adelaide this evening, to make my first speech as a member of the Albanese shadow ministry to the Fabians. I’m proud to be a Fabian, and to make a contribution to the important work of the Australian Fabians in building a stronger culture of progressive ideas in this country.

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Transcript: ABC News Breakfast, Saturday 1 June

June 01, 2019

...our job across the Labor team is to really take stock on how we let Labor supporters and people who depend on Labor governments down. In terms of the new team, I’m really pleased with the way Anthony Albanese has gone about the task of bringing us together. I’m really pleased to have an opportunity to be a part of that team...

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Labor’s Plans To Secure More Inclusive Education For Students With Disability

May 08, 2019

I’m delighted to be with my friends from the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Education Union here in Launceston, with the National President Corenna Haythorpe too, at the critical decision-point for Australia, and for Australia’s schools.

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A secure future rests on a stronger democracy

March 13, 2019

As developed democracies face more complex policy challenges, their capacity to resolve them has been undermined. To make, and entrench, progressive reform we have to confront this wider problem of the quality of, and confidence in, our democracy.

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Speech: 2019 National Indigenous Education And Boarding Symposium

March 13, 2019

It’s a great privilege to be here today, to share Labor’s thinking on this important policy question, and to share in the wisdom that is in this room. I hope today can be the start of an ongoing dialogue, not just the giving of an address.

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Speech to City of Whittlesea Australia Day ceremony

January 26, 2019

I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we are gathered on, and pay my respects to the elders of the Wurundjeri people, past and present. Where we are today has always been, and will always be, Aboriginal land.

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A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA