Vale Nelson Mandela: Freedom Fighter and Healer
One of my most valued possessions is a photograph of a gently smiling Nelson Mandela holding my baby son. It was at Parliament House in Sydney in 1990. Mandela had only recently been released after 27 years in prison and this was his first visit to Australia. Sydneysiders had come out in their tens of thousands to line the streets and hopefully catch a glimpse of the man whose personality and courage was transforming a nation from institutionalised racism to a [...]
Where Were You When President Kennedy Died?
50 years have passed since the assassination of President John F Kennedy. In that half century many of my childhood memories have faded into a vague, ghostly impression - largely unformed and more like 'feelings' than clear recollections. But for me and so many others who are old enough to remember that day – 22 November, 1963 - the sudden, violent death of JFK is still a moment in history where we can anchor ourselves - 'where were you when Kennedy died?
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The Rudd Rebellion is out today
My book, The Rudd Rebellion: The Campaign to Save Labor, is now available to buy.
To thank you for your ongoing support, Melbourne University Press would like to offer you a special 20% discount on either the print or ebook edition if you order directly from MUP.
Click here to buy the book, and [...]
Scott Morrison Targets the Wrong People by Demonising Asylum Seekers
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of travelling to Afghanistan with then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, where we met the troops and civilian aid workers at Tarin Kowt military base. Among the impressive group of soldiers I met, one stood out. The camp commander introduced me to a young Lieutenant - a university trained engineer. In many ways he was no different from the other young men and women I met that day - very bright, fit, disciplined, committed to creating a much better Afghanistan [...]
Labor Can Avoid Abbott's Carbon Tax Trap by Supporting an Emissions Trading Scheme
The debate over whether Labor should stand in the way of the Abbott Government and block any moves to abolish the Carbon Tax is based on the false premise that it is Labor policy to support a Carbon Tax. In fact, Labor's policy is to support an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Both the Carbon Tax and the ETS are based on the principle that there should be a price on carbon to slow down the reliance on climate change inducing fossil fuels. However, the ETS is an international scheme which [...]