Speech on Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2016

This latest national security bill introduced by the Abbott-Turnbull government, the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2016, was originally introduced to the Senate on 12 November 2015.

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John Cain Foundation Lecture: Justice, social democracy and the cause of Labor

Delivered at Melbourne University.

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Speech on Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, Federation Chamber, Parliament House

Many members in this place have been feeling a sense of deja vu these past few months. This Prime Minister, who so many Australians thought would lead or hoped would lead a reformist government, has not only failed to renounce the unpopular and flawed policies of the Abbott government but, like a recidivist who cannot help himself, has re-embraced and pursued these failed policies even while knowing that they are bad for the country.

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Shimon Peres condolence motion

Shimon Peres, who passed away on 28 September in Tel Aviv, was one of Israel’s best known and most loved public figures.

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Plebiscite (Same-sex marriage) Bill 2016 debate

Labor rejects the false choice presented by the government that it is either a plebiscite or nothing when it comes to marriage equality in Australia.

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The Plebiscite: What would Menzies, Howard and Whitlam have done? - The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

THE PLEBISCITE: WHAT WOULD MENZIES, HOWARD & WHITLAM HAVE DONE?

Delivered at the Whitlam Institute by the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

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Address to the Freedom for Faith Conference, Melbourne

I have long been a supporter of marriage equality. That does not mean that I do not appreciate that it is an issue that is difficult for many people. It is an issue that has been difficult for many within my own party.

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Speech To The Annual Conference Of The National Association Of Community Legal Centres

Perth, Western Australia.

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John Curtin Oration

Creswick, Victoria.

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Launch Of Labor's Plan For A More Creative Australia

I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, and pay my respects to their Elders, past and present.

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