Speaking to the australian local government association

It's great to be meeting with you here in Canberra. I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, the Ngunnawal people, their elders past and present.   Continue reading

The Liberals are only interested in protecting the big end of town

Before the last election there was only one member for Banks, and he sits right there. But after the election there were at least 75 members for banks. Continue reading

STANDING UP FOR MEDICARE

This is my first opportunity in this place to thank the people of Whitlam, who have generously returned me to this Parliament for the third time.   Continue reading

AUDIT OFFICE HAS EXPOSED FLAWED MOBILE BLACK SPOTS SCHEME

I welcome the opportunity to speak on this important matter, the matter of providing mobile phone communications to people throughout Australia no matter where they live. Continue reading

A WIN FOR AUSTRALIAN MERCHANT WORKERS

For the eight long, excruciating weeks of the federal election campaign the daily mantra of the Coalition representatives was “jobs and growth” and “protect our borders”.   Continue reading

ADDRESS TO ROYAL DOCTORS ASSOCIATION OF QUEENSLAND’S MEDICO-POLITICAL FORUM

Labor has a plan to meet the challenges facing remote, rural and regional health.   Continue reading

COALITION NOT DELIVERING ON BROADBAND

In a few hours' time the Government will make a stack of new promises in the Budget about what they will do if they are lucky enough to be re-elected at the 2 July election.   Continue reading

SECURING THE FUTURE OF STEEL

The workers of the Illawarra do not need to be lectured about the importance of trade and trade agreements.   Continue reading

THE COALITION’S ATTACK ON KIDS’ TEETH

There are precious few opportunities remaining for members of the Coalition Government to come into the House and apologise for axing the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.   Continue reading

LABOR IS STANDING UP FOR WORKERS

I am disappointed but not surprised that there is only one member of the Coalition backbench who is willing to come here today and defend the Government's record on industrial relations.   Continue reading