SPEECH - CHARLIE LOWLES - MONDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 2016

Sadly, the Blacktown community recently lost one of our own. Affectionately known as the 'Mayor of Mount Druitt', Charlie Lowles dedicated both his public and private life to the residents of the Blacktown local government area. Continue reading

SPEECH - FIJI DAY - 17 OCTOBER 2016

As a proud Australian of Fijian heritage, it has been my pleasure over the past week to join in two events celebrating Fiji Day. Continue reading

SPEECH - MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - TURNBULL'S FAILED NBN

Few things better exemplify this Prime Minister being all talk, all spin, or buzzwords, but no delivery than his failed National Broadband Network. Continue reading

SPEECH - SPEECH TO THE COMMSDAY MELBOURNE CONGRESS - WEDNESDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2016

I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to their Elders past and present. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to share Labor’s views with such a distinguished panel of speakers and participants, at what is recognised as a leading forum for communications industry expertise and thought-sharing in Australia. Continue reading

SPEECH - GREENWAY'S OLYMPIC HEROES - 1 SEPTEMBER 2016

It gives me great pleasure to rise and speak today on Greenway's Olympic heroes. Continue reading

SPEECH - ADDRESS TO THE NEW SOUTH WALES JEWISH BOARD OF DEPUTIES - 14 JULY 2016

When I was researching this speech, I discovered the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies has an official policy on anti-racism. What could be a more worthy goal than “working for the betterment of the community and all of humanity”? Continue reading

SPEECH - AFRICA DAY CELEBRATION, BLACKTOWN - 28 MAY 2016

**CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY** (Acknowledgements omitted) We are here to celebrate the mass independence of African countries from colonisation in the 1950s and 1960s. For far too long, people across Africa in many different countries were governed not according to their own direction or by members of their own community but from foreign capitals. Celebrating the end of this injustice is important. Continue reading

SPEECH - SMALL BUSINESS: A LABOR IMPERATIVE - 28 APRIL 2016

I acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation as the traditional owners of this land. Thank you to the McKell Institute for inviting me to speak.  McKell’s work has a real impact on public policy in Australia.  Sam and his team make a positive contribution with each piece of research they produce and every discussion they host. Continue reading

SPEECH - HARMONY DAY - SYDWEST MULTICULTURAL SERVICES - 22 MARCH 2016

I am honoured to be here celebrating Harmony Day with you all. We gather in this historic place, on the very spot where Gough Whitlam proclaimed, “It’s Time”.  But for so many local residents, this place is even more historic for the fact that their new life began here, in a ceremony which conferred on them one of the world’s biggest prizes:  Australian citizenship.   Continue reading