Statement: COVID-19 Emergency in Indigenous Communities

HON. KEVIN RUDD AC Co-Chair, National Apology Foundation   COVID-19 EMERGENCY IN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES 1 September 2021 From the very outset of this pandemic, our First Australians and their advocates have warned about the risk of COVID-19 carving a path of destruction through regional and remote communities. The distance of these communities from suitably equipped medical facilities compounds the reality …

Statement: Vale Senator Alex Gallacher

I am deeply saddened to learn that Senator Alex Gallacher has passed away. Throughout his career, Senator Gallacher was a robust advocate for Australian working families, driven by a profound belief that collective action could ensure safe, secure and well-paying jobs for all. I am especially grateful for Senator Gallacher’s efforts to defend workers from assaults on their wages and …

Statement: Crisis in Afghanistan

The fall of Oruzgun province to the Taliban, and the reported threat to Kabul, is an unmitigated and disaster for the good people of Afghanistan. They do not deserve this. I fear for the lives of all Afghans who have worked closely with Australian and allied forces in the past, just as I am especially fearful of retribution against Afghan …

Saturday Paper: The Four Stages of Sky News

Before the past couple of years, most Australians were either unaware of Sky News or considered it a bit of a joke. The consensus was that nobody watched it, and the people who did were out on the fringe. Anyone who maintains this today is simply not living in the present. The truth is more than nine million Australians – one …

Foreign Affairs: Why the Quad Alarms China

When former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe invited officials from Australia, India, and the United States to meet in Manila in November 2017, Chinese leaders saw little reason to worry. This gathering of “the Quad,” as the grouping was known, was merely “a headline-grabbing idea,” scoffed Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. “They are like the sea foam in the Pacific …