Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

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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Transcript: Your Morning Agenda with Natarsha Belling

January 04, 2021

I'm concerned that too many of us think that COVID ends when someone's discharged from hospital and that's clearly not the case. There is an increasing body of evidence that suggests for many people, they suffer long COVID which may be one syndrome or perhaps a number of syndromes, that can be incredibly debilitating and it's something we just don't know enough about.

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Transcript: ABC News Breakfast 2 January 2021

January 02, 2021

I think what we've seen through the pandemic it's been a decision of Anthony Albanese made as Labor leader, to be constructive wherever possible, to act in the national interest and that's why we've had things like JobKeeper, things that Labor have called for and other vital supports. But what's also clear as we start to think about life beyond this crisis is that there are very different visions of Australia's future...

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