Speeches

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.

Speech on Equal Pay for Women at Labor's National Conference

2.00pm | December 20, 2018

I couldn’t be prouder than I am today - to be part of the Labor team. On Sunday Bill Shorten told us that from the very first day, a Labor government would strive to deliver equal pay. And today, Tanya and Brendan have announced very significant legal and institutional changes that will do just that.

Speech: National Apology To Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

3.15pm | November 13, 2018

After decades of enforced silence, business in our parliament was suspended last month to publicly acknowledge and apologise for the pain that was caused by institutional child sexual abuse.

Speech to Women in National Security Conference

9.15am | October 26, 2018

Since its creation in 2009, the National Security College has acted as nexus between academic thinking and government activity. I think that over the coming years, the National Security College will be seen as one of the more important innovations of the last government. It represents a significant intellectual investment in our policy capacity.

Speech to the National Council of Women Australia Triennial Conference

8.20am | October 22, 2018

Thanks for inviting me to speak to you all today. I acknowledge the significant contribution of the National Council of Women, Australia in promoting issues important to the lives of Australian women, since its establishment in 1931.

Speech on the Government's Cuts to Health

5.00pm | October 18, 2018

When I'm out talking to people in the great state of New South Wales there is one thing that comes through loud and clear, and

that is that people know that you cannot trust a Liberal government when it comes to health.

Speech on the Religious Freedom Review

10.45am | October 18, 2018

This is the third time that the government has refused to release the report of the religious freedom review.

Speech on Protecting our Koalas

11.00am | October 08, 2018

On a very lovely winter afternoon back in July this year, while the sun went down, I stood in Bangalow next to a stand of eucalypts and tallowwoods. I listened to Linda Sparrow as she explained the challenges she faced in her work as president of Bangalow Koalas.

Speech on Chaos in the Coalition

10.45am | October 08, 2018

I want to talk this evening to some of the people who this government has forgotten; people who live up and down the east coast of New South Wales in places like Lismore, Casino, Batemans Bay and Nowra.

Speech on Assisted Dying

12.00pm | August 14, 2018

I rise today because I believe that we all have the right to die with dignity. There are no easy decisions at the end of life, and they are decisions that no-one makes lightly.