Speeches

Speech - The Heritage and the Heartbeat of the ALP

March 16, 2018

Remarks on 25th Anniversary of Election to Federal Parliament

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Speech - Where Have We Come From and Where To Next?

February 24, 2018

I’m going to start by breaking a rule of progressive politics devised for us by George Lakoff a decade and more ago, when he said “Don’t think of an elephant.”

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Speech - Malcolm Turnbull's Fraudband

February 06, 2018

Since coming to Government in 2013, Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals have done just about everything they could possibly do to destroy the NBN.

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Speech - Myanmar: Rakhine State

February 05, 2018

I rise today to speak about the ongoing Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. The Rohingya are often described as one of the most persecuted ethnic groups on earth.

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Speech - From Gough to Gillard: Initiative, Resistance and Prospects for Inclusive Prosperity

December 02, 2017

Good evening everyone. Thank you, Anne for that introduction and for your invitation to reflect tonight on Gough – the man, the government, and the legacy that resounds today. Just last week I was in Melbourne, only a couple of KIL-o-ME-tres – or ki-LOM-e-tres, as the great man would have it – from Gough’s birthplace, to celebrate another Labor anniversary. Last Friday marked ten years since the election of the 2007 Labor Government,...

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Speech - A Tribute to Jenny Macklin’s Public Policy Contribution on the 10th Anniversary of Labor...

November 24, 2017

Tonight, I’d like to reflect on the ten-year anniversary of the election of the 2007 Labor Government and pay tribute to one of the most dynamic, tenacious, and successful champions of its Ministry, Jenny Macklin. It was about this time ten years ago that I was sitting in the Channel 9 studios in the National Tally Room. As I watched the results come in – a 3 per cent swing to Labor in Lilley, a 4.5 per cent swing to Labor in Jagajaga, a...

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