Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

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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Transcript: Melbourne doorstop on Urban Congestion Fund

September 21, 2019

Congestion is getting worse across all of Australia’s cities but particularly in the outer suburbs of our big cities, like Melbourne today. People are spending much longer in their cars and having much more congested experiences on public transport.

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Unfinished Business – The Role of National Government in Shaping Our Cities

September 18, 2019

From Gough Whitlam to Anthony Albanese, modern Labor’s mission has had the state of our cities at its core. Because we have long recognised that they matter: to the functioning of our economy, and to how we live. Since 2013 and the election then of the Abbott government there’s been an important debate underway...

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Transcript: AM Agenda - Australian Infrastructure Audit 2019

August 13, 2019

"...but what we’re seeing at the moment is the state governments, particularly governments like the Andrews Government in Victoria, are doing heavy lifting while the Morrison Government has been asleep at the wheel."

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Transcript: ABC News Breakfast, Saturday 29 June

June 29, 2019

Well in the first instance, I think we need the Prime Minister to uphold his Ministerial standards of conduct. It seems to me that this is a very clear cut breach and the onus is on the Prime Minister to hold his former Minister to account and to set the standard.

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A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA