Dear Dr Emerson,
As discussed previously, I write to give notice of my intention to resign on the 29th of March 2019.
I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity that the McKell Institute has given me over the last five years. I am proud of our work and the growth we have accomplished. We have expanded fourfold, opened up offices in Melbourne and Brisbane, and released insightful and relevant research. We’ve hosted the nation’s top political and thought leaders, as well as some of the world’s most influential people. We’ve worked with both sides of politics to help them navigate sensible, pragmatic change, including our work on negative gearing that was ultimately adopted by Federal Labor.
During this time we have hired and trained some genuinely brilliant people and facilitated their entry into a range of organisations at the highest levels. I am indebted to them for their fantastic work.
Often during my time at McKell, as I have watched the terrific work being done under our banner, I have been reminded of John Maynard Keynes observation that: “The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else.” Yet I also know the world needs combatants; people who are prepared to fight for these ideas. And I believe the current Federal Liberal Government is serving Australia extremely poorly. It rejects salient facts, economic logic, and often basic common sense. All the good ideas in the world, I fear, would fail to penetrate.
I don’t believe our country can afford another three years to sit idle, hopeful that compelling modelling will change a Liberal minister’s mind. I want to be involved at the pointy end of where decisions are made.
I thank you and the board for all the support and encouragement you have shown me over the years. I hope you will support me in this next endeavour as I run as Labor’s representative in the electorate of Reid.
The McKell Institute
Over the last year The Reid Campaign has assembled a fantastic team - all of whom happen to be women.
Now anyone who knew politics 20 years ago - or even 10 - knew that it wasn’t always, or really ever, like this. These machine roles were often dominated by blokes and it’s these roles that are essential for developing future advisors, party officers, MPs or ministers. But the times have changed - or rather have been changed.
And as we near our goal of equal representation in the parliament we should all be proud of the progress we’ve made, but we should all be incredibly hopeful about the next generation who are coming soon. Trust me - they are formidable.
It’s the 5th year of the China Fun Carnival down at at Burwood. 🏞
Between the dancing 💃,the cultural festivities, and a quick stop at the delicious food 🥘- I gave a brief thank you to the organisers of the event.
It remains my belief to this day that multiculturalism is the single most successful political project in Australia ✔️ 🇨🇳🇦🇺🥰
Yesterday I joined Tom Hore, Labor's candidate for Drummoyne to say loud and clear: NO to the Gladesville Bridge Marina Expansion.
A community of fisherman, kayakers, sailors, rowers, paddlers, swimmer, communters and residents use this part of the river.
We join with them in saying enough development, enough money-making and enough attacks on our area.