Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

No One Ought To Feel Alone

March 06, 2021

In 2013, 95,000 Liverpool fans packed the MCG and sang together the iconic club anthem, "You'll Never Walk Alone". It was incredibly moving. For a fleeting minute or so, everyone in that stadium was connected, as we all need to be.

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Doorstop interview Thursday 25 February

February 25, 2021

Today's front page of the Herald Sun blows the whistle on Scott Morrison's rail park fail. Before the last election, Scott Morrison promised millions of suburban commuters better parking at train stations and what he's done instead is take them all for a ride. This is the Prime Minister who is always about the photo up, never about the follow through.

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ABC News Breakfast Saturday 6 February 2021

February 06, 2021

...instead of blaming people for not coming home back in March, the Morison Government should take responsibility for getting people home. It was in September that the Prime Minister promised that everyone would be home by Christmas, we've still got 40,000 people trapped overseas, many of whom in really desperate and vulnerable circumstances...

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Racism is not limited to sport

February 03, 2021

The first time I witnessed racism was at a football game when I was a kid. One of the best players afield that day was called a "petrol sniffer" by an abusive member of the crowd seated behind me. I remember the atmosphere in the crowd changed. Some people fell silent, a few people glared their disapproval at the abusive spectator.

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Speech: City of Whittlesea Citizenship Ceremony

January 26, 2021

I’d like to start my remarks by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land we have come together on, and to pay my respects to elders, past, present and emerging. This land always will be Aboriginal land. That we share it with the world’s oldest continuous culture is a wonderful thing: it’s unique and precious.

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Zero Tolerance Vital: Racism In Any Forum Just Isn't Cricket

January 13, 2021

This week at the Sydney Cricket Ground Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj set the standard Australia must follow and adopt when it comes to racism. Subject to racist abuse, he showed great courage to pause the game – to highlight the fact of this abuse, and that it must be regarded as utterly unacceptable. It’s pleasing to see a strong statement in response from Cricket Australia, and that those apparently responsible for the abuse were removed...

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