Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

Melbourne, most liveable but a tale of two cities

August 21, 2015

THIS week the Economist Intelligence Unit again crowned Melbourne as the world's most liveable city. Like most Melburnians, I took some time to soak in this triumph...

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Speech to ALP National Conference on boat turnbacks

July 25, 2015

Friends, 14 years ago, as a lawyer, I was just a little bit up the road: in 2001, in the federal court acting on behalf of the 433 asylum seekers on the MV Tampa...

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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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