Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

Address to the Chifley Research Centre Forum on Loneliness and Public Policy Responses

October 11, 2018

A couple of years ago the British commentator Will Hutton wrote a book entitled How good we can be. He called for a better politics, and better policy, focused on what these should lead to: a good society.

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We have to change how we do politics. It's about more than looking busy.

September 27, 2018

Shortly after his retirement in 2010, former Labor minister Lindsay Tanner set out a powerful critique of the world he’d devoted his life to. In his book Sideshow, he wrote that two rules directed Australian politics: “(1) look like you’re doing something; and (2) don’t offend anyone who matters”.

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Note to the New Education Minister: You Need to Try Harder

September 24, 2018

The fundamental flaw in the Morrison government's school funding announcement is its purpose. It is designed to solve a political problem of the Liberals' own making, not to address the policy challenges of our education system, and what this means for Australia.

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Young voters

September 05, 2018

The question of whether 16 and 17 years olds should be able to vote in Australian elections is a vital one, but it can't distract from, or substitute for, a wider look at how our democracy is meeting the needs of young Australians.

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Government disarray

August 31, 2018

Conservative nostalgia for the nineties is so hot right now. John Howard is everywhere offering advice, whilst contemporary Liberals yearn for a government just like his...

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Whitlam, not Calwell - speech in support of Richard Wynne and Jen Kanis

February 01, 2018

I'd like to start by asking a question about the Greens. It's this: in the twelve years they've had representation in Victoria's parliament can anyone name one thing they have achieved?

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WE'LL PUT PEOPLE FIRST