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Speeches

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 Dancing’...

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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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Speech - Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017

June 14, 2017

I think it is fair to say that the government has bungled the management of this bill and this issue from the very start. The policy issue of ensuring overseas retailers are put on a level playing field with Australian retailers when it comes to the GST has been around for a long time. And I do think Australian retailers are 100 per cent right when they say they should not face a GST cost disadvantage to overseas or online retailers. Labor MPs...

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Speech - Adjournment Debate [NAIF]

May 29, 2017

In March I referred the governance and operations of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to the Auditor-General for his consideration, and I am pleased to note that he has now placed it on his future work agenda. The NAIF provides no security for the $5 billion appropriated to it and, as it is currently structured, the NAIF represents an opportunity for a domineering minister to allocate billions of dollars without any checks or bal...

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Speech - Private Members Business (Energy Security)

May 26, 2017

When I saw this motion, I did not know whether to laugh or to cry. Catastrophic energy policy from this government has seen electricity prices double on their watch. Their dismantling of the carbon price in the scheme put in place by Labor has strangled investment in the energy industry and resulted in a spike in prices which consumers will have to live with for many years to come. It is very clear where the blame for this lies—at those ideolo...

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