Speeches by The Hon Bill Shorten MP

Opening of the “My Time” National Forum

*** Check against delivery *** Good morning everyone and thank you, Robyn for that introduction. I’d also like to thank Joy for her welcome to country, and I too would wish to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on… Continue reading

Speech at the Sydney Institute

Introduction I’m grateful to the Sydney Institute for inviting me to speak today. Let me begin by asking you a question: What is a person worth? What is your value?  What is mine? Are we all of equal value? Or… Continue reading

Launch of Livable Design

I’d like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land where we meet. I think it’s also important to acknowledge all those who are here today. Graeme Innes is a Human Rights Commissioner who does so much in the field… Continue reading

Purchasing with Purpose, Expo, Canberra

*** Check against delivery *** Good morning everyone. It’s very nice to be here today for a number of reasons. It’s nice to be here with so many people who share a common interest. I acknowledge Ken Baker and Louise… Continue reading

AFL Dreamtime Game Lunch, Melbourne

*** E & OE – Proof only *** Firstly I acknowledge the Kulin nation, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, and pay my respects to their elders past and present Indigenous representatives Government colleagues Corporate sponsors… Continue reading

Parliamentary Speech on Cochlear Implants

*** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY *** Last week I had the privilege of witnessing one of the most impressive transformations that modern medical science can achieve. The member for Bradfield approached me some months ago about the issue of hearing screening… Continue reading

Right to an Ordinary Life – National Press Club

**Check Against Delivery** The Right to an Ordinary Life. Thank you Ken Baker from National Disability Services for that introduction. I’d like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land where we meet, the Ngunnawal people, and pay respect to… Continue reading

Members Statement on Disability

*Check against delivery* I wish to draw the chamber’s attention to an ongoing problem with the coverage of disability services in Australia. There continue to be wide areas of disparity and inequity in the availability of care and support for… Continue reading

Aviation Access Working Group

*Check against delivery* I’d like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Ngambri and Ngunnawal people, and pay my respects to elders, past and present. Today is the first meeting of the Aviation Access Working Group. People with… Continue reading

Parliamentary Speech on Autism

*Check against delivery* Mr SHORTEN (Maribyrnong) ( ) (9:33 AM) -Autism spectrum disorder affects a growing number of Australians, and autistic children have special needs that often require a specialised education. In this regard, I was pleased to announce in… Continue reading

Bill Shorten Parliamentary Speech on Dyslexia

I wish to draw the House’s attention to dyslexia and what is being done in Australia to assist people with learning difficulties. Dyslexia literally means difficulty with words. Symptoms of dyslexia vary immensely, but it often manifests itself in difficulty… Continue reading

NDS Disability Employment Forum

***CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY*** I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we are gathered, the Turrbal people, and pay my respects to Elders past and present. Rob Styling, Tony Lund, Ken Baker, I’m hoping Milly… Continue reading