Address to the John Cain Foundation on Labor's democratic promise

In March 2015 I addressed the John Cain Foundation in Melbourne, arguing the Labor should return democracy to the centre of our story.

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Vale Gough Whitlam

The election of the Whitlam Government in 1972 precedes my birth. However the decisions of that government shape both the country I grew up in and the party I joined.

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Address to 2014 National Labor Women’s Conference on women’s leadership

As we renew, Labor need leaders. We need intellectual leadership, we need political and organisational leadership and as always we need parliamentary leadership.

In this context, women’s leadership is not only right and just and fair – it is essential. 

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Address to 2014 NSW ALP State Conference on taxation

Australia is a relatively low taxing nation, and over the last ten years, Commonwealth revenue as a share of GDP has fallen significantly. Labor in government kept tax revenues below the levels inherited from John Howard, and made tough choices to fund new promises. However, the community has high expectations of the services they'll receive from government, and the call on our budget for services like health care is expected to rise. 

I spoke about this issue at last weekend's NSW ALP State Conference, arguing that we need an honest conversation with our community about the services they want, and their willingness to pay for them.

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Address to the NSW ALP Conference on Labor's enduring purpose

On Saturday, the NSW ALP Conference debated a proposal to replace Labor's socialist objective. I made a short speech, defending the core principles of social democracy, and the enduring importance of our history.

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Stick with labour movement, unravel the culture

We need a system that lets more people have a say in who represents Labor in the Senate Labor’s vote in the West Australian Senate re-run election suggests we have a long way to go to meet our two goals — winning elections, and fighting and winning the battle of ideas.

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Remembering Margaret Whitlam

Margaret Whitlam never held elected office. But she was instrumental in defining a model of public service for modern Labor women.

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Labor Women In Parliament: A country mile in front of the Country Party and a mile ahead of the Libs

The Daily Telegraph asked me to comment yesterday on the representation of women in the parliament.

The Tele’s request prompted me to compare our performance with the conservative parties, who’ve consistently attacked our affirmative action rule. They do so again in today’s paper.

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