Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

Renewing Labor in the 2020s

February 13, 2020

The parallels between Labor’s twin elections losses of 2019 in the UK and at home can’t be ignored, and nor can the challenges both defeats present to social democracy. How can we get people whose lives – at first look – might appear so different to vote for the same party?

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It's Time for a New National Anti-Racism Campaign

February 12, 2020

At first, I thought it was a mistake. A typo, maybe. That was my reaction when I saw Tim Blair’s article in the NewsCorp papers last week about former race discrimination commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane.But it wasn’t a mistake. It was racism, pure and simple, with it an attempt to deny access to public space.

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Doorstop interview: 8 February 2020

February 08, 2020

It's great to be here in Melbourne today on such a beautiful Saturday. I'm here to welcome and acknowledge reports in the media today, the Australian Electoral Commission is going to investigate what is apparently a mistaken donation of $165,000 by a company associated by Scott Briggs to the Liberal Party of Australia.

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Doorstop interview 6 February

February 06, 2020

Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton's plans to sell off Australia's visa processing system to the highest bidder is in complete chaos and disarray this morning - this has always been a terrible plan. That's why Labor has opposed it; it threatens the national interest and our national security and puts more than 2000 Australian jobs at risk.

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Inequality and Cities

January 30, 2020

Urbanisation is the phenomenon of the 21st century. It’s only recently that more people around the world have lived in cities than in the countryside. Now it’s more than 55% - and the UN estimate that this will be 68% by 2050.

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Transcript: ABC News Breakfast Saturday 25 January

January 25, 2020

Well this is extraordinary and appalling. Can I just say, Josh, that not a single dollar, not a single cent went to my electorate, a safe Labor electorate under this process and that's something I'm really angry about. It is fine for the Minister to have some discretion, because under our system, the Minister has to be responsible for these decisions...

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