Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

As politicians we must lift our game and respond to the frustrations of Australians

January 02, 2018

Our politics belong to all of us, and we collectively have to do better. To repair democracy, we should defend civil society and reinforce political institutions

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Essay: Tax settings and inequality

June 05, 2017

It is time to recognise that taxes are more than simply the price of civilisation: they profoundly shape our economy and society.

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OPINION: School Funding: there's only one way to fit every child into the equation

October 04, 2016

This December will mark the 75th anniversary of one of the most momentous developments in Australian foreign policy, war-time Prime Minister John Curtin's famous turn to America...

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Transcript - Interview with Patricia Karvelas, Sky News

August 22, 2016

"We know we’ve got to lift the performance of our lowest achieving students and we also know that we’ve got to give greater support to our highest achieving students and those sorts of interventions require funding. They require funding not just to be thrown at schools, but to be delivered on the basis of need, on the basis of best return..."

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Transcript - Interview with Kieran Gilbert, Sky News

August 03, 2016

"When the Gonski report recommended the student resourcing standard that didn’t fall from the sky, Kieran, it was the basis of an exhaustive piece of work and it’s a piece of work that deserves to be seen through, not walked away from at a cost to our students and indeed to our economy..."

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The democracy deficit: 'We politicians need to look in the mirror critically'

November 30, 2015

Interest in democracy is waning and political involvement is atrophying. How can politicians re-engage those who have lost their voice?

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WE'LL PUT PEOPLE FIRST