Speeches

Speech - Inequality and Australian political discourse

March 21, 2019

An election is almost upon us. We have an economically right-wing government dissolving before our very eyes like an Aspirin in a glass of water. And an economically redistributive Labor opposition potentially on the verge of victory. What, apart from Coalition incompetence and division, on a colossal scale, is the cause? And what does it signify beyond the usual swings and roundabouts of parliamentary democracy? The cause, in s...

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Wayne Swan Valedictory

February 19, 2019

Mr SWAN (Lilley) (16:18): Mr Deputy Speaker, I seek your indulgence to make some remarks. First of all, I want to thank all of the people who have travelled here today and, in particular, all of those who are listening to and viewing this broadcast. When I announced my impending retirement some time ago, there was a crusty old COMCAR driver who said to me as I was opening the door at the side entrance, 'I see you're getting out while you're st...

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Speech - PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS

December 16, 2018

Delegates It’s my extremely happy duty as the newly elected President of the Australian Labor Party to welcome you to this, our 48th National Conference here in wonderful Adelaide. I want to start with some thanks. First, to the incredibly hardworking team at the National Secretariat and our South Australian branch hosts for pulling off the difficult feat of planning this conference not once but twice in the same year. This is the National...

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Speech - Reflections on the Harvester Judgement

December 11, 2018

As the incoming president of the ALP there’s nothing better than coming to the state where Labor has been most recently – and most resoundingly – re-endorsed as the undisputed natural party of government. The way the Morrison Government is going, you soon may not be the only one. Because the way they’re governing, the Coalition is set for electoral defeat.  We’re living in a bizarre political climate.

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ADJOURNMENT DEBATE (BHP ATO SETTLEMENT)

December 04, 2018

For many years Australia's largest company, BHP, has been gaming our tax system, and it has been involved in disputes with the ATO over unpaid taxes in excess of a billion dollars. BHP has been joined by other large multinationals like Rio Tinto and Chevron in fleecing the Australian taxpayer through the use of tax havens and tax shields such as Singapore. BHP's Singapore tax shield and other tax havens exist to smuggle profits out of Australia.

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Speech - Constituency Statement (Pharmaceutical Industry And NBN)

November 28, 2018

Sanofi Consumer Healthcare is a complementary medicine manufacturer located in Virginia in the electorate of Lilley. It employs more than 300 locals and annually produces around 360 million soft gels and 1.8 billion tablets. Currently its products are eligible for the Australian Made label, which acknowledges the high quality of Australian-made products.

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