Speeches

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.

Speech on Climate Change and Drought

4.30pm | August 13, 2018

There is a devastating drought that is gripping many parts of Australia. We've seen media coverage of this recently, and it includes heart-rending imagery of people on the land managing their properties, managing their stock, managing the economic impacts on their families and managing and responding to the economic impacts in their towns.

Speech on Personal Income Tax Changes

12.30pm | June 19, 2018

Australia has a progressive tax system. That's something that we've had since very early in our history, and it lies at the heart of our conception as an egalitarian nation.