Speeches

Young people engaged in political conversation

It’s always a privilege to speak with school students about politics, it’s always been important and I think it’s now more important than ever that young people take an interest in problem-solving and decision-making, and how we do those things to the highest standard with the greatest degree of inclusion, how to be involved in how to make change, because that is what politics is about.

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Leadership vacuum complicating waste crisis response

Now since 2018, we’ve had a Prime Minister who loves marketing, he loves packaging, there’s been a push to use waste and recycling as a conveyor belt of shiny ‘announceables’ that give the appearance of environmental action, which in turn gives some Liberal members something they can cling on to in the otherwise scorched earth landscape of the coalition’s environmental performance.

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Arts is a vital sector

I cannot understand why this government is so blind to the enormous value of arts and cultural organizations and workers in this country. Artists and their work, their music, stories, theatre, dance, film, and the full spectrum of visual arts artists and their work should be acknowledged, they should be supported and cherished – not left scrambling for survival. Not left rolling towards disaster.

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Morrison’s NBN a costly disaster

We grasped the NBN nettle and we set out to deliver a fibre-rich network to the people of Australia. They came along and, within the first five minutes of this now eight-year-long government, they put us on the path to an enduring disaster.

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Morrison Government’s (Un)Fair Work Act

We have to look at these changes in the broader context that we’ve faced in Australia over the last 10 years and certainly in Australia over the last eight years under this government. The government have sought to undermine workers’ pay and conditions at every turn, and they have been successful. They have been successful in undermining pay and conditions at every turn. They have presided over stagnant or falling real wages. That is a fact. Wages in Australia as a share of national income have fallen to a historic low. In fact, as a share of national income, wages have dropped below 50 per cent for the first time since 1959.

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World-class film studios at Fremantle a game-changer for industry

Australia’s creative industry should be a foundation stone of our recovery from the pandemic; but more than that, it should be one of the strongest and brightest vectors of our future productivity, economic activity, and jobs – of our storytelling and engagement with the world.

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Morrison Government must release $1.2B from dead Roe 8

Nothing demonstrates the deep uselessness and irrelevance of the WA Liberals better than the fact that after 4 years in which you think they might have done some policy work and considered some new ideas, the self-described centrepiece of their 2021 campaign is – wait for it! – Roe 8 and Roe 9.

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Feral Cats report shows Morrison Government failures

Scientists in this space talk about not just actual extinction but the extinction of experience. Unfortunately, many Australians will go for a walk in the bush and see virtually no animals and think, ‘Well, this is Australia. It is a harsh landscape. There are just not that many animals around or perhaps they are hiding.’ That isn’t true. Our country used to be full of animals. They used to be everywhere until we destroyed it. We have an opportunity to stop that destruction, but the government needs to get the report, pay attention to it and respond with the kinds of measures that it calls for.

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Jobkeeper full of holes and blindspots

This is a hands-off government. It’s a nothing-to-see-here government. It’s a how-dare-you-question-us government. A government of the spreadsheet, for the spreadsheet of their own self-interest. A government that is always there for friendly companies who could use $80 million for water that never arrives; or $30 million for Leppington land that’s worth a tenth of that – but never, never there for those doing it tough.

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Women & girls in science

The under-representation of women and girls in science is both an inequity and a missed opportunity. We must keep working to remove the stereotypes and structures that have created this imbalance, in the interest of fairness, and in the interest of science itself.

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