A Just Society

Inequality in Australia is worsening and I am passionate about halting this trend. Every one of us deserves the opportunity to meet our potential and contribute to our community. Removing barriers to participation is essential if we are to build a just society. 

Speech on Platypus and Opera House Nets

12.07pm | September 06, 2017

Australia faces a huge challenge to protect our unique wildlife. An unacceptable number of our animals such as the hairy nosed wombat and the iconic koala are vulnerable, endangered or face extinction.

Dodson and McAllister Media Release: Who Exactly Is Minister Scullion Consulting With On CDP?

2.00pm | August 29, 2017

The Senate inquiry into the Community Development Program (CDP) has heard from NGOs, community members, Indigenous leaders and employment providers that they were not consulted by the Minister for Indigenous Affair about the CDP.

Media Release: AEC Letters Show Voters Cannot Rely On Automatic Enrolment For The Postal Survey

3.00pm | August 24, 2017

All Australians are urged to check their enrolment before midnight tonight following concerning reports the AEC will not be able to complete automatic enrolments in time for the marriage equality postal survey.

Media Release: What A Difference Two Years Makes

5.25pm | August 22, 2017

Malcolm Turnbull: “I have great faith that the Australian people, in that plebiscite, as they have in one contentious issue after another for the whole time this Commonwealth has been one, will be able to debate this issue in a sensible, civil and intelligent manner.”

Media Release: Postal Survey - Offensive, Misleading or Intimidating Material or Behaviour

5.00pm | August 21, 2017

The Chair of the Senate inquiry into the postal survey, Senator McAllister, has called on Australians to report offensive campaign material. The Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee has been given wide ranging powers to inquire into the conduct of the postal survey.

Address to Diversity Council Australia on Glass Walls

11.00am | August 21, 2017

I acknowledge that we meet on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people. I’d like to start off by thanking the Diversity Council Australia for the opportunity to be here today. There is a broad cross-section of people here from senior management and human resources, analysts and advocates. I’d like to acknowledge the importance of the work that you do in developing the ideas, information and strategies to increase workplace diversity & inclusion.

Media Release: Big Brother 2002, Australian Idol 2004, Marriage Equality Survey 2017? ABS Contemplating SMS Voting For Some Australians

7.20pm | August 17, 2017

The ABS confirmed today that it still hadn’t worked out how to survey remote and overseas voters, but that the methods it was contemplating included SMS. The ABS’s evidence before a hearing of the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee demonstrated how the government’s rushed process was threatening the integrity of their marriage equality ‘postal survey’.

Media Release: Senate Agrees To Digital Transformation Inquiry

11.00am | August 17, 2017

Labor welcomes the Senate’s support for an inquiry by the Finance and Public Administration Committee into the government’s digital transformation program. The government’s spending on digital transformation and ICT has doubled since it came to office. 

Speech on the Dysfunction of This Government

3.25pm | August 16, 2017

The British futurist and writer Alan Moore said: The main thing that I learned about conspiracy theory, is that conspiracy theorists believe in a conspiracy because that is more comforting. The truth of the world is that it is actually chaotic.

The truth of this government, of course, is that it is utterly chaotic.

Speech in Parliament on Turnbull's War On The Young

4.33pm | August 14, 2017

This government is at war with the young, from cuts to education funding through to a deliberate attempt to sabotage any meaningful action on climate change. This government shows every time that the only thing it cares about less than young people's present is their future.