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  • Speech - Address to the 2017 AWU National Conference
  • It’s great to see so many old friends I’ve worked with over the years here today. When I last spoke to you two years ago I mentioned being in New York and walking the high line. One morning as I was walking along the abandoned railway tracks of this urban park I looked up and on side of an old brick building was a large advertisement, which read, “the French aristocracy never saw it coming either.”
  • March 01, 2017

  • Article - Our Lost Decade on Climate Change & Energy Policy
  • It’s a lost decade we couldn’t afford on climate change and energy policy – but when the consequences are felt in years and decades to come, it’s incumbent upon us all not to forget the political opportunists and charlatans who led us down this path.
  • February 20, 2017

  • Speech - Adjournment Debate (Income Inequality)
  • I want to talk about income inequality this morning. Income inequality and wealth inequality is growing and it has emerged as one of the greatest challenges of our generation. It is serving as a catalyst for political instability and it is producing stagnating living standards for working people across the developed world. Over the last 30 years Australia has done better than most in ensuring social equity while maintaining strong economic gro...
  • February 16, 2017

  • Speech - Constituency Statements (Medicare)
  • For 33 years Australians have come to regard Medicare as a national icon. Governments have come and gone, but Medicare has survived, despite the fact that particular conservative governments have sought to tear it down. There is a very good reason that Medicare has survived. It is because it brings our families the essential health security they need. It has survived because it is affordable, and it is also recognised around the world as one o...
  • February 13, 2017

  • Speech - Constituency Statement (Medicare)
  • Over the summer recess my office has been flooded with constituents concerned about Medicare and the payment system and also with people who have been issued with debt recovery notices from Centrelink. Time and time again the coalition have tried to tear holes in the social safety net and to smash and remove Medicare, but the Australian public has supported these programs on every occasion, and the Liberal Party have failed in that endeavour,...
  • February 07, 2017

  • Article - No Honour in Tax Evasion
  • While the Australia Day Honours list recognises the diverse ways in which individual Australians contribute to our community, inevitably the list includes some scoundrels as well. Over the years Australians as diverse as Rolf Harris and Alan Bond have been stripped of their Orders of Australia for breaking the law. The removal of such awards is arguably a more powerful symbolic act than their initial granting.
  • January 17, 2017