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. 

Opinion Editorial: The Australian Public Service Deserves a Leader Who Respects It

5.25pm | July 23, 2018

The position of Merit Protection Commissioner for the Australian Public Service is not one that receives much public attention.  Despite its low profile, it plays a crucial role in ensuring integrity across the APS. It is deeply concerning that the Turnbull Government allowed the position to remain vacant for over six months.

Grandmothers against Detention of Refugee Children

11.00am | July 03, 2018

Today I met with Grandmothers against Detention of Refugee Children. The Coalition Government has shown no interest in finding resettlement options for children in detention.

Labor will never privatise the ABC

4.30pm | June 18, 2018

Labor will never privatise the ABC. 

Budget 2018: The Difference Between Labor and the Coalition Couldn't be Clearer

4.30pm | May 11, 2018

The Coalition’s budget is fundamentally unfair and will make working and middle class Australians pay for tax cuts to the big end of town.

Future of Work Public Forum

8.30pm | May 03, 2018

It was a fantastic night at the Future of Work forum, discussing the many challenges facing Australian workers.

Early Childhood Educators Walk Off

5.00pm | March 27, 2018

Today early childhood educators all across the country walked off the job to demand equal pay.

Speech on Protecting Our Charities

8.15pm | March 20, 2018

A few weeks ago, the Labor Party, together with minor parties and crossbenchers, met with Hands Off Our Charities, a group representing organisations as diverse as the Uniting Church, Oxfam and the ACF.

Speech on the Gender Pay Gap

11.40am | March 19, 2018

The gender pay gap is a multifaceted problem. It arises from a complex mix of cultural and economic factors, which range from gender segregation in the workplace through the availability of flexible working conditions to outright discrimination.

10th Anniversary of The Apology to The Stolen Generation

4.30pm | February 13, 2018

It is ten years today since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered a formal apology to Australia’s First Nations People and the Stolen Generation. 

Speech on Early Childhood Educators

7.50pm | February 06, 2018

Early childhood educators perform some of the most valuable work in our society for less than half the average Australian wage. Anyone who has had a child attend child care knows the importance of a good teacher and how central they are to a child's life.