Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

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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Reforming the ALP - Speech to the Fabian's Society

April 01, 2014

"I’m pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this debate. It is timely, with State Conference to consider significant reforms next month. How the Labor Party works is important..."

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Labor needs to broaden base

February 04, 2014

Labor needs to transform into a 21st - century party to be best placed to secure the confidence of the Australian people.

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We need to talk about our Australian cities, and how to sustain their growth

January 28, 2014

We need to talk about cities, especially Australia’s large state capitals like Melbourne.

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WE'LL PUT PEOPLE FIRST