Articles

2024

Opinion piece: Youth Homelessness Matters Day

Late last year, I sat down with young Tasmanians to talk about the future of housing in our country.

Opinion piece: Supporting Australia’s small businesses this Easter

Small business owners work hard, and the holidays are no exception.

Opinion piece: Help to Buy reforms will help provide security

When Labor came to office in 2022, we inherited significant housing challenges.

Opinion piece: Labor helping more Australians into home ownership

Labor is the party that believes all Australians deserve a home. We hear politicians elsewhere claiming that their party is the party for renters, or the party for home ownership.

2023

Opinion piece: Small businesses set to benefit from skills agreement

As Small Business Minister, I spend a lot of my time talking to small business owners in Tasmania and right across the country.

Opinion piece: Small business critical to cyber security strategy

Recent high profile cyber attacks have revealed the enormous amount of data held by Australia’s largest businesses.

Opinion piece: Yes to closing the gap on housing

Displayed at the entrance of my office in Parliament is a piece of artwork I received from the Katherine Accommodation Action Group just a few weeks after I became the Minister for Housing.

Opinion piece: Providing a secure home for more Australians

All parents want to provide a stable home for their kids. That's why I've been working with the Prime Minister to make it easier for people to find somewhere safe and affordable to call home.

Opinion piece: One year on – Labor delivering for Tasmanians

Before the last election, one of the things that I heard most from Tasmanians was that they wanted a grown‑up government back in charge.

Opinion piece: Working together to solve Australia's housing challenges

Building a home involves the work of a lot of different professions. Architects, drafts people, surveyors, carpenters, plumbers, sparkies and other tradies to name a few.

Backing women in small business

If you’re visiting a small business this International Women’s Day, there’s a one in three chance it’s run by a woman. 

Opinion piece: Once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve housing in Australia

Right now, the reality for Australians trying to find a place to call home is difficult.

Opinion piece: Housing affordability brick by brick

When people think of Canberra, the house that usually comes to mind is Parliament House.

Opinion piece: Support small business this Valentine’s Day

Across the country, Australians are expected to spend $485 million on Valentine's Day this year.

Opinion piece: Help is always at hand

Australia’s 2.5 million small businesses play a crucial role at the heart of their local communities and in building a strong national economy.

2022

Opinion piece: Policy banning unfair contracts will shield SMEs from exploitation

The cleaning companies were multi‑billion‑dollar firms, but most of their customers were small businesses. So the big firms wrote contracts that allowed them to increase their prices.