THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
SPEECH TO THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY’S NATIONAL CONFERENCE
SECONDING CHAPTER ONE OF THE NATIONAL PLATFORM – LABOR’S ENDURING VALUES
MELBOURNE EXHIBITION AND CONVENTION CENTRE, MELBOURNE
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Delegates, I am delighted to second this chapter.
This chapter is about our proud Labor history.
One that guides us, and shows us what’s possible.
It both inspires and steels us.
And it captures what is enduring about our great Labor project.
Over time, the issues may change, the challenges may change.
But our project is the same.
To work with rank and file members, with civil society, with our friends in the union movement, and in our parliaments -
To lift up all our people. To spread opportunity.
That’s what runs from our roots, through every part of us.
It means a safe, prosperous, and fair Australia.
An Australia with a strong economy, where you can get a job, and afford to live a good life.
With accessible healthcare, and great schools for all our kids.
Where you can catch decent public transport and drive on good roads.
An Australia where we look after our environment, and each other.
It’s in the small things, the way we treat each other, the way we behave when no one’s looking. It’s in what we do when the eyes of the world are upon us, being a good global citizen and doing our fair share.
Delegates, this weekend, with our proud history, we come together to write the next chapter.