Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

Transcript: Hobart doorstop 10 Oct 2019

October 10, 2019

I've been here attending the FECCA conference just behind us, which has been a great gathering of five hundred multicultural leaders coming together in Hobart to talk about issues of concern and also opportunities. One of things people are concerned about and we are too...

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Transcript: Launceston doorstop

October 09, 2019

...we need a government that is prepared to support this woman, prepared to take modern Australia seriously and give people a pathway to citizenship who want it and deserve it. What is worse than this is this situation is compounded by the fact that there is an expected announcement later this month to privatise...

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The Right Answer Depends On Asking the Right Question

October 01, 2019

Finding the right answer depends on asking the right question. In terms of electoral regulation, this requires that we take a broad rather than a narrow view of the problem we are grappling with. I believe that the challenge is to reinforce and rebuild electoral and political institutions which support trust and confidence in our democracy.

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Transcript: ABC News Breakfast, Saturday 28 Sept

September 28, 2019

We support any additional assistance for farmers and for drought-affected communities. But this package is simply too little, too late. And it's also too ad hoc. I mean we need a plan for drought, and that's got to be a plan that actually involves the Government taking seriously the challenge of climate change.

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Transcript: Melbourne doorstop on Urban Congestion Fund

September 21, 2019

Congestion is getting worse across all of Australia’s cities but particularly in the outer suburbs of our big cities, like Melbourne today. People are spending much longer in their cars and having much more congested experiences on public transport.

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Unfinished Business – The Role of National Government in Shaping Our Cities

September 18, 2019

From Gough Whitlam to Anthony Albanese, modern Labor’s mission has had the state of our cities at its core. Because we have long recognised that they matter: to the functioning of our economy, and to how we live. Since 2013 and the election then of the Abbott government there’s been an important debate underway...

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