Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

Young voters

September 05, 2018

The question of whether 16 and 17 years olds should be able to vote in Australian elections is a vital one, but it can't distract from, or substitute for, a wider look at how our democracy is meeting the needs of young Australians.

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Government disarray

August 31, 2018

Conservative nostalgia for the nineties is so hot right now. John Howard is everywhere offering advice, whilst contemporary Liberals yearn for a government just like his...

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Whitlam, not Calwell - speech in support of Richard Wynne and Jen Kanis

February 01, 2018

I'd like to start by asking a question about the Greens. It's this: in the twelve years they've had representation in Victoria's parliament can anyone name one thing they have achieved?

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As politicians we must lift our game and respond to the frustrations of Australians

January 02, 2018

Our politics belong to all of us, and we collectively have to do better. To repair democracy, we should defend civil society and reinforce political institutions

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Essay: Tax settings and inequality

June 05, 2017

It is time to recognise that taxes are more than simply the price of civilisation: they profoundly shape our economy and society.

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OPINION: School Funding: there's only one way to fit every child into the equation

October 04, 2016

This December will mark the 75th anniversary of one of the most momentous developments in Australian foreign policy, war-time Prime Minister John Curtin's famous turn to America...

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