Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

Labor Party Conference... dealing with unfinished business

March 25, 2015

This Saturday Labor members will come together at Moonee Valley. This ALP state conference will take place in a celebratory context...

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The Elephant in the IGR - Australian Cities

March 20, 2015

There’s much not to like about Joe Hockey’s Inter-Generational Report. It is a profoundly backwards-looking, as well as deeply political document, anchored in the failures of last year’s budget...

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Prospects for a Progressive Agenda

January 16, 2015

20 years ago, Blur’s Damon Albarn sang: ‘I’m a professional cynic, but my heart’s not in it.’ He was singing about a retreat from the world of commerce to a bucolic, gilded cage...

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The Liberals' Review of Workplace Relations is Critical to Unmaking Australia's Social Democracy

December 22, 2014

The Productivity Commission’s review shouldn’t start with the ‘wages explosion’ of conservative politicians’ imaginations, but with fairness.

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Achieving Health Outcomes San Intergenerational Inequity

December 17, 2014

Over the past couple of weeks, the Coalition’s shambolic and dishonest position on the GP Tax has underlined the uncertainty around the proposed Medical Research Future Fund.

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Happy Anniversary to the Racial Discrimination Act

October 31, 2014

For me, the iconic, optimistic representation of modern Australia is that famous photo of Gough Whitlam and Vincent Lingiari. It captures a moment of great practical significance...

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