Speeches

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. 

Speech in Parliament on the Productivity Commission Amendment (Reducing Inequality) Bill

9.30am | June 22, 2017

I rise to speak on the Productivity Commission Amendment (Reducing Inequality) Bill 2017. This Bill places inequality firmly on the agenda of one of our country’s most influential economic policy institutions.

 

Special Address to the Women, Super & Wealth Summit

2.40pm | April 27, 2017

I’m incredibly pleased to see so many assembled to consider women, super and wealth. It is simply unacceptable that so many women today retire with so little.

Speech in Parliament on the Trans Pacific Partnership

2.18pm | November 30, 2016

More than a week ago Labor made the public observation that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead. We did so on the back of the very public statements by President-elect Trump that he remains opposed to the trade deal. 

Speech in Parliament on East Timor

1.40pm | November 30, 2016

I rise to speak about the relationship between Australia and our close neighbour and friend, Timor-Leste.

Address to the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds 2016

3.23pm | November 29, 2016

Senator Jenny McAllister's address to the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds 2016: Mavis Robertson Address - Gender Blind Doesn’t Mean Gender Neutral.

Speech in Parliament on the ABCC Bill

2.37pm | November 28, 2016

Before turning to the substance of the bill, I would like to take a moment to look at the path it has taken to get here. When the Prime Minister used this bill is a trigger for a double dissolution election, he talked about how important and urgent the bill was. That is not borne out in any way by the path that the bill has taken. 

Speech in Parliament on Coral Bleaching

1.18pm | November 28, 2016

The One Nation family holiday to the Great Barrier Reef is a joke. It is hilarious that Senator Roberts, who is so keen to insist on—so keen to demand—empirical evidence from others, is happy to conclude that the Reef is healthy based on a single dive. Now, where was that dive?

Speech in Parliament on tax transparency

2.40pm | November 24, 2016

I rise to support the motion, and in doing so I want to place it in its proper context, which is that the government is most keen to have a debate about taxation and in particular have a debate about the GST and the role that a rise in the GST might play in plugging holes in revenue and in funding a cut to corporate taxes. That is the reality of the debate we are having now.