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. 

Media Release: Labor Will Support People in Financial Hardship in Western Australia

3.37pm | May 13, 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $40 million over four years to emergency relief organisations across the country, including over $5 million for organisations across Western Australia. 

Working in Partnership: Labor's Approach to the Community Sector

3.30pm | May 13, 2019

Since taking on this portfolio I’ve tried to talk with as many community sector organisations as I can. More importantly, I’ve tried to visit them. I think that seeing and understanding the places where organisations do their work is an important part of understanding that work. You can sometimes learn a lot about the lived values of an organisation from the spaces they create – and it can change the conversation to sit in a room that just earlier that day was used to meet clients or host a playgroup.

Media Release: Labor Will Invest $6 Million for Food Relief for Australian Families Going Hungry

4.35pm | May 08, 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will help vulnerable families who are going hungry by investing an additional $6 million to support food relief organisations.

Labor Will Support Australians in Financial Hardship in Banks

9.35am | April 11, 2019

Over the next four years, Labor will provide additional funding to the emergency relief organisations that work in Padstow, Revesby and Panania.

Media Release: Labor Will Support Australians In Financial Hardship In The ACT

3.25pm | April 10, 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $40 million over four years to emergency relief organisations across the country.

Media Release: Father Bob Maguire Foundation Receives Important Boost

11.00am | March 04, 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will secure the sustainability of the Father Bob Maguire Foundation over the next four years with a $200,000 funding boost.

Media Release: More Cosy Relationships Between Liberals and their Mates

10.25am | February 27, 2019

Senate Estimates has revealed more cosy relationships between the Liberal party and their mates.

Media Release: Liberals Can't Be Trusted To Support Financial Counsellors

8.45am | February 11, 2019

Minister Fletcher’s announcement of a review into financial counselling will be little comfort for consumers facing financial stress. Labor agrees that the financial counselling sector deserves predictability and stability in its funding, this announcement is too little too late. Over the last 5 year the Liberals have shown little or no interest in the challenges facing consumers or the financial counsellors who support them.

Media Release: Grinch Fletcher's Funding Chaos Continues To Hurt At Christmas

11.20am | December 10, 2018

Despite being the season for love and giving the disastrous rollout of Financial Capability and Wellbeing grants continues to cause chaos for at risk communities.

Transcript: Sky News

1.45pm | December 04, 2018

My analysis for what it's worth would be this. That the real problem for the Liberals at the moment is a total division about who they are and what they stand for. This is a deep ideological division. We see it every day in our Chamber. We see it in the public reporting of comments from people like Kelly O'Dwyer where she's concerned obviously that the Liberals are perceived as a party of homophobes, climate deniers, people who don't understand or promote women.