Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

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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Our Cities Must Keep Up If We're To Remain Globally Competitive

November 02, 2015

When Malcolm Turnbull talks about what distinguishes his government from that led by Tony Abbott, he often talks about cities.

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Climate skeptics and cheap sophistry – is this the new deal for the environment?

October 22, 2015

Is the new Prime Minister placing his ambition above the future of Australia? Scullin MP Andrew Giles explains that Turnbull’s flip flops on climate change may just be disastrous for our economic – and environmental – future.

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Does Malcolm Turnbull's exciting future include a fair go for workers? We hope so.

September 28, 2015

Malcolm Turnbull is about to receive two reports that could lead him to the right on industrial relations. But before he goes there, he must address inequality.

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