SPEECH: NAIDOC Week and Treaty
April 04, 2019
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Too often in recent years we have seen evidence of employers, both locally and nationally entering into sham contracting arrangements, exploiting visa workers, and avoiding their industrial workers’ compensation and taxation obligations. This is not acceptable. Workers deserve fair pay, secure entitlements and the right to organise and be represented by their union. That’s not just what the Labor Party believes – it’s the law.Read More
NAIDOC Week is an important time of the year. It is a time to reflect and to celebrate the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week has its roots in the emergence of Aboriginal protest groups in the 1920s and 1930s that sought to raise the awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. NAIDOC Week is community driven. I...Read More
Madam Speaker, it is a privilege for me to stand here today, on the 10th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations and acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are meeting on. I pay my respect to elders past and present, to our community’s current and emerging leaders, and to any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are here today. I acknowledge and respect their continuing culture – the oldest...Read More
Madam Speaker, it is an honour to rise in this place as a Member for Kurrajong and a Minister in the Barr Labor Government. I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we meet on today, the Ngunnawal people, and pay my respects to their elders, past and present. I understand how privileged we are to leave our footprints on their land – our beautiful city, this national meeting place, Canberra. I also wish to recognise the con...Read More