Opinion pieces, speeches & transcripts

Coronavirus-related racism against Chinese Australians is abhorrent

April 21, 2020

COVID-19 has brought out the best in Australians, but it's also brought out the worst in some of us. It seems barely a day goes by without news of another Asian Australian experiencing shocking racial abuse. The pandemic appears to be accelerating a pre-existing trend of increased racism in our community.

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How We Want Our Tomorrow To Look

April 03, 2020

The unexpected has become the new normal. Each day presents new challenges as this coronavirus pandemic spreads. Each day we see new action, new initiatives, new rules, all aimed at protecting those we love and preserving our society.

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Doorstop interview - 6 March 2020

March 06, 2020

I'm particularly pleased to be here in Chinatown, where we are launching today Labor's petition against racism. We are calling on the Government to fund a national anti-racism campaign and now is the time that needs to happen.

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Transcript: Visa privatisation chaos

February 27, 2020

With revelations that Mr Scott Briggs, a close personal friend of the Prime Minister, major Liberal donor and Liberal Party powerbroker, has bailed from one of two consortiums shortlisted from this $1 billion contract. This is on the back of further revelations, a scandal about a $165,000 donation from a company associated with Mr Briggs...

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Renewing Labor in the 2020s

February 13, 2020

The parallels between Labor’s twin elections losses of 2019 in the UK and at home can’t be ignored, and nor can the challenges both defeats present to social democracy. How can we get people whose lives – at first look – might appear so different to vote for the same party?

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It's Time for a New National Anti-Racism Campaign

February 12, 2020

At first, I thought it was a mistake. A typo, maybe. That was my reaction when I saw Tim Blair’s article in the NewsCorp papers last week about former race discrimination commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane.But it wasn’t a mistake. It was racism, pure and simple, with it an attempt to deny access to public space.

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