Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Articles

Labor eyes local lithium battery industry

Federal Labor will push for more battery manufacturing in Australia to take advantage of abundant local lithium resources, if the party wins the next election. Federal Labor has called for Australia's abundant lithium resources to be kept onshore to boost local... read more...


Indonesia Free Trade Agreement

  Trade between Australia and Indonesia goes way back. Long before Captain Cook turned up Makassans were travelling to the Top End for sea cucumbers and the Yolungu people of Arnhem Land would catch a ride back to Sulawesi. Today we are more like next door neighbours who... read more...


A Tiny Ripple of Hope

Most politicians have a political hero.  Someone they look up to.  Someone they wish they were half as good as.   Mine died 50 years ago this week.  Murdered in a kitchen in a Californian hotel. His dad called him a runt.  His enemies called him ruthless.  His brother called... read more...


Turning the burn into benefit. The politics of trade

Change is scary. In his book about the last Federal Election Mark Di Stefano tells the story of a welder from Wollongong who was in a Labor focus group.  Let’s call him Wayne. They showed him a TV ad with Malcolm Turnbull talking about innovation.  This was his response:... read more...


Malcolm Turnbull is More Talk Than Trade

  Malcolm Turnbull is in more trouble than a Stark at a wedding.  The polls are down and the knives are out. Part of the problem is he talks a lot but he doesn’t do very much – and there is no better example of that than what he has been doing on trade. Hawke and Keating are... read more...


Aussie Jobs Must Trump Politics

Over the past few days Malcolm Turnbull has desperately tried to breathe life into the TPP.  Donald Trump’s YouTube message this week made it pretty clear that this has all been in vain.  It’s dead. What should be of more concern to our Prime Minister is the risk of a trade... read more...


Why trade is suddenly as popular as a snake in a sleeping bag - and what to do about it.

  The TPP is dead.  Donald Trump delivered the last rites last week.  The TPP only comes into effect if the US Congress votes for it.  And that’s not going to happen.  Not now.  The Obama Administration has given up trying to pass it before Trump takes over and Trump has... read more...


Two leaders – One vision: Bipartisanship in the digital age

Fifty three years ago next month a boy on a push bike held the fate of the world in his hands. His job was to carry a message from the Soviet Embassy in Washington DC to the local Western Union office. From there it was sent by telegram to Moscow. In that message was the... read more...


The National Broadband Network and outdoor toilets - they have something in common

The National Broadband Network (NBN) isn’t going quite according to promise or plan, which might be because the current government aren’t nation builders, writes Shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare. On the day former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam died – nearly a year... read more...


Jobs of the Future Need a Training Strategy Now

What do you think would happen if 40 percent of Australians lost their jobs tomorrow? There would be chaos.  Chronic poverty.  Crime rates through the roof.  Governments would be thrown out on their ear. Now what do you think would happen if 40 percent of the jobs we do... read more...