Speeches

Speech - Beyond the GFC: Foundations for Prosperity and Inclusion

March 15, 2017

A quarter-century ago Western liberal democracy was riding high: communism had collapsed, Europe was uniting; and a new global economic consensus led by the United States had been established. This New Consensus dictated that free markets -- uninhibited by government regulation, lower taxes and reliance on monetary policy to fine tune an economy -- would deliver sustained economic growth and rising living standards and that the wealth cre...

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Speech - Address to the 2017 AWU National Conference

March 01, 2017

It’s great to see so many old friends I’ve worked with over the years here today. When I last spoke to you two years ago I mentioned being in New York and walking the high line. One morning as I was walking along the abandoned railway tracks of this urban park I looked up and on side of an old brick building was a large advertisement, which read, “the French aristocracy never saw it coming either.”

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Speech - Adjournment Debate (Income Inequality)

February 16, 2017

I want to talk about income inequality this morning. Income inequality and wealth inequality is growing and it has emerged as one of the greatest challenges of our generation. It is serving as a catalyst for political instability and it is producing stagnating living standards for working people across the developed world. Over the last 30 years Australia has done better than most in ensuring social equity while maintaining strong economic gro...

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Speech - Constituency Statements (Medicare)

February 13, 2017

For 33 years Australians have come to regard Medicare as a national icon. Governments have come and gone, but Medicare has survived, despite the fact that particular conservative governments have sought to tear it down. There is a very good reason that Medicare has survived. It is because it brings our families the essential health security they need. It has survived because it is affordable, and it is also recognised around the world as one o...

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Speech - Constituency Statement (Medicare)

February 07, 2017

Over the summer recess my office has been flooded with constituents concerned about Medicare and the payment system and also with people who have been issued with debt recovery notices from Centrelink. Time and time again the coalition have tried to tear holes in the social safety net and to smash and remove Medicare, but the Australian public has supported these programs on every occasion, and the Liberal Party have failed in that endeavour,...

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Speech - Statements By Members (Stacey, Mr Charles)

November 29, 2016

Last week, Charles Stacey of Bli Bli, on the Sunshine Coast, passed away, aged 94. My grandparents were early settlers and cane farmers in the area, and Charlie was my uncle. He was a cane farmer all his life, the fifth of six children and my mum's older brother. Like my father, he answered the call and enlisted in 1942 as a member of the 9th Battalion. He served at Milne Bay and Bougainville. At Milne Bay, the 9th Battalion numbered around 60...

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