Speeches

Speech in Parliament on violence against women

2.12pm | September 16, 2015

Domestic violence is once again on the public agenda. I am glad that we are talking about it, but I am saddened that we have to talk about it. I am saddened and horrified by the tragedies that occurred late last week that wrenched our attention, once again, to a problem that is ordinarily in society's peripheral vision. It is something we are aware of but do not look at.

Speech at Labor’s 2015 National Conference on tax transparency and fairness

12.00pm | July 28, 2015

I spoke at Labor’s National Conference about tax and tax transparency: If people and companies want to use contrived structures to avoid tax, they should be prepared to publicly defend their decisions.

Vale Gough Whitlam

9.27pm | October 21, 2014

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.

Stick with labour movement, unravel the culture

2.53pm | April 09, 2014

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.

Remembering Margaret Whitlam

12.00pm | June 23, 2013

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