Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

We can't forget about humanity's most vulnerable

June 19, 2020

It's said that crises expose and exacerbate existing structural weaknesses. The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing and exacerbating one of our greatest weaknesses - the treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum around the world.

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Transcript: ABC News Breakfast Saturday 13 June

June 13, 2020

The Shadow Minister Linda Burney put it well when she said progressing this issue, this fundamental question of who we are as a nation, is a question of ‘leadership and commitment’. We have not seen the leadership and the commitment from the Prime Minister...

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Transcript: ABC News Breakfast Saturday 2 May

May 02, 2020

I think the important thing here is to make sure that we continue to act on the basis of the best advice. I mean, I agree with Trent that one thing that's been really striking through this has been how Australians have responded. And what my constituents have been telling me - and I think this is what the opinion polling is saying too - is Australians understand the important thing is to keep the community safe.

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Transcript: ABC Afternoon Briefing

April 27, 2020

Look, as a parent of primary school students, what I want is for advice to be followed. The right advice. I'm very comfortable with the arrangements that are in Victoria at the moment.

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Opinion: COVID-19 is Reshaping Our Cities

April 27, 2020

Around the world big global cities are now looking very different - with empty streets, deserted football stadiums and fenced-off play equipment. COVID-19 has radically changed our urban environment. Movement in Melbourne and Sydney has fallen to 15% and 13% of normal levels as people isolate at home.

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Coronavirus-related racism against Chinese Australians is abhorrent

April 21, 2020

COVID-19 has brought out the best in Australians, but it's also brought out the worst in some of us. It seems barely a day goes by without news of another Asian Australian experiencing shocking racial abuse. The pandemic appears to be accelerating a pre-existing trend of increased racism in our community.

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