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 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.

Speech in Parliament on the Marriage Equality Plebiscite Bill

1.45pm | November 07, 2016

I rise to speak on the Plebiscite (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016. In some ways, we are in the most amazing position in Australia in relation to marriage equality.

Speech in Parliament on Lockout Laws

1.45pm | September 14, 2016

The lockout laws in New South Wales were put in place in 2014. They have three elements: 1.30 am lockouts; a 3 am cessation of liquor sales; and a 10 pm cap on takeaway of alcohol. Today the New South Wales government has actually released publicly former High Court Justice Ian Callinan's independent review of those liquor laws. 

Speech in Parliament on Electoral Donations Reform

1.45pm | September 13, 2016

I take the opportunity this evening to continue my remarks earlier today in the MPI debate about the need for electoral donation reform. I think it is important to go through some of the details of the various policy needs and responses that we might consider in this policy area. 

Speech in Parliament on the Proposed Marriage Plebiscite

1.45pm | September 12, 2016

You have to wonder why we are here still having this conversation about a plebiscite on marriage equality when a majority of Australians support marriage equality, as has been demonstrated many times in much polling, but, more importantly, when a majority of parliamentarians here and in the other place also support marriage equality. 

Opinion Editorial: Compromise Lubricates Major Parties' Machines

9.00am | July 22, 2016

Some commentators have been quick to champion the high vote for minor parties in this year’s election as inherently good for our politics. For them, minor parties offer a more wholesome, farmers market democracy than the supermarket democracy of the major parties.

McAllister and Wood Media Release: Turnbull Government Cuts to Skills and Training

3.05pm | May 16, 2016

Senator for NSW Jenny McAllister and Labor candidate Damian Wood have met with staff at Port Macquarie TAFE today to hear about the impact of the Abbott-Turnbull Government’s cuts to skills and training. The Liberals have cut $2.5 billion from skills and training over the past two years, including a $1 billion cut to apprentice programs and apprenticeship support.

Media Release: Labor’s Plan To Support Mid North Coast Classrooms

10.50am | May 16, 2016

Regional TAFEs like Port Macquarie have fewer students and less money, figures show. 

Wong and McAllister Media Release: Turnbull Chaos - No Plan for Schools, Hospitals or The Federation

3.30pm | April 27, 2016

Senior officials confirmed today that chaos and division at the heart of the Turnbull Government sabotaged outcomes from the 1 April COAG meeting and has driven a stake through the heart of Federation reform. Officials from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Treasury gave evidence that Malcolm Turnbull had been contemplating a plan for double taxation for months before the meeting – but didn’t bother to tell the states and territories, or even his own department.

Speech in Parliament on Tobacco Taxation

2.45pm | April 18, 2016

We have heard this afternoon that there are some senators in this chamber who are concerned about tobacco taxes taking money out of people's pockets. On the Labor side, we are more concerned about tobacco taking years off people's lives. We heard a quite moving testimony from Senator Bilyk about the very personal cost that came about from tobacco-related disease.