Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

Transcript: Kananook Station Saturday 3 July

July 03, 2021

I'm here at Kananook Station with Peta Murphy the local member. This is one of the stations among 47 car parks that were promised to by the Morrison Government before the last election. 47 car park stations promised, not a single one of the approved or recommended by the department.

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Transcript: Tuesday 29 June Doorstop Interview

June 29, 2021

Yesterday, the Auditor General headed down a genuinely shocking document, the most shocking audit report I've seen in my eight years in the Parliament. What it reveals is nothing less than Sports Rorts on an industrial scale. Just like Sports Rorts this goes right to the Prime Minister's office...

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Locking in Brisbane's Future

April 29, 2021

My speech today is about the city of Brisbane and the South-East Queensland City Deal. The objectives, the progress, the hurdles and the future. And the role and responsibilities of a national government that’s on Brisbane’s side. In 2013, eight years ago, the SEQ Mayors first approached KPMG to investigate the transferring of the UK City Deals concept to South-East Queensland.

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The National Government's Role in the Development of Cities

April 21, 2021

A lot has happened since I was initially approached by the John Cain Foundation to discuss Labor’s approach to cities and urban policy. The foundation has joined with Per Capita. The world has been shaken by the COVID pandemic – which has accelerated trends and exposed weaknesses in our economy and society.

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ABC News Breakfast Saturday 10 April

April 10, 2021

If there were a vaccine for incompetence, Scott Morrison, his cabinet should be at the front of that queue. Because what we've seen here is something quite extraordinary, and a government failing to do its most important job. The thing is the Prime Minister said last year that he wanted to under promise, so he could over-deliver. And that was the first of so many promises that have been broken when it comes to vaccination.

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Address to Committee for Adelaide - Towards More Sustainable Cities

March 11, 2021

Getting urban policy right is critical to Australia's economic recovery. Cities are the places where the vast majority of Australians live and work. Our CBDs - the places which have dominated jobs growth for the past decade - have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns.

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