Parliamentary speeches

Seniors Forum and Morning Tea

November 26, 2018

Like most of us, I'm very fortunate to have very active seniors groups in the Scullin electorate. On Thursday I brought a number of them together in a seniors forum. This is something I've been doing regularly so that I can get the benefit of their wisdom and share some learnings.

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CEO remuneration and income inequality

November 26, 2018

I'm very pleased to join my friend the member for Batman in supporting this very important motion on CEO remuneration, which touches on wider issues of inequality: inequalities of income, inequalities of wealth and inequalities of power.

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National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

October 24, 2018

This is an important debate on this motion, and I'm very pleased to support it. It's a debate about recognition. It's about justice, it's about responsibility, it's about healing and it's also about trust, accountability and power.

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On the economy

October 22, 2018

I'm very pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to this important debate. I'm particularly pleased that it was the member for Chisholm who put this debate on the Notice Paper. In considering my remarks, I'll go back to the very start of hers...

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Age discrimination

October 18, 2018

I'm pleased that in this place this week we are talking about preventing discrimination. I hope that we continue to talk about preventing discrimination wherever we find it and have a real conversation about all the costs of exclusion in our society and our economy—those which connect to individuals and those which hurt and diminish all of us.

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MPI: Discrimination against LGBTI students and teachers

October 16, 2018

I want to set out my values and views, as the minister has seemed reluctant to do and the Prime Minister has refused to do. I believe that everyone should feel proud to be who they are, especially so at school.

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WE'LL PUT PEOPLE FIRST