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Speeches

Speech - Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan No. 2) Bill 2017

October 18, 2017

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan No. 2) Bill 2017, I think, aims to complete the coalition's extreme trickle-down economic program by cutting the corporate rate for companies with a turnover above $50 million to 25 per cent. The staggering cost of all these measures is $65 billion. Almost 40 years after the trickle-down economics was first introduced in the US and the UK under Reagan and Thatcher, Malcolm Turnbull is attempting...

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Speech - Achieving Inclusive Growth (Address to "10 Years After The Crash" Conference)

September 13, 2017

The collective effort of the international community through through 2008 and 2009 averted the great Depression Mark II. It taught us the importance of international coordination and cooperation.Today I genuinely doubt the capacity of global institutions and sovereign governments to respond as they through Christmas 2008 and March 2009.

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Speech - Launch of Curtin Research Centre Essay

August 30, 2017

I thought I’d start with a newspaper article which I think captures both, why corporate governance in Australia is in need of a major shakeup and also why worker representation on company boards is crucial for Australia’s future economic prosperity. In March of last year the Australian Financial Review gathered prominent members of the Business Council of Australia (BCA) for a round table discussion. During the discussion the now former...

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Speech - GFC+10: A New Platform For A New Debate (Address to the National Press Club)

August 17, 2017

Good afternoon, Welcome everyone, and a very special welcome to Ed, who I’ve had the privilege of knowing since he was a minister in Gordon Brown’s government. Over our careers, both of us have experienced political life after political death, having lost our seats in unexpected circumstances. I fought my way back; Ed is dancing his way back ‘Gangnam style’. Anyone who has ever seen him on his feet in parliament, or on ‘Strictly Come Dancin...

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Speech - Beyond the Trumpification of Australian Business: The Foundations for Prosperity & Inclu...

August 02, 2017

Good morning, Thank you for that introduction. As a Queenslander, welcome to the Sunshine State I hope you’re enjoying our beautiful winters and golden beaches while you’re here (even if the water is a bit nippy). A couple of years ago I was in New York attending a Bernie Sanders rally and an entertaining Texan by the name of Jim Hightower gave a speech endorsing the candidacy of Bernie Sanders.

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Speech - Restoring Class Balance: Bargaining Power and Full Employment in the 21st Century

June 26, 2017

Good morning delegates and members, Thank you for having me here to speak this morning. It’s been clear for some time that the world is at a crossroads. The neoliberal economic order, or as I will call it today, the trickle-down economic agenda, established in the 1980s is crumbling under the weight of excess and threatens democracy itself.

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