Leader of the Australian Labor Party
My mum raised me in public housing as a single parent. In 1963, that was a brave call. Mum’s aspiration was that my life would turn out better than hers.
It was because of her that a working class boy from council housing would one day become our country’s Deputy Prime Minister and go on to lead the Australian Labor Party. I owe her everything.
It’s this vision that drove my mum when she dreamed of a better life for her son. And it’s the vision I want to see realised for my son. It’s what drives me to build a better Australia.
With my son Nathan and our dog Toto, I live 20 minutes down the road from mum’s old place. I love my community and I’m proud to represent them in our nation’s Parliament.
My vision is an Australia where everyone has the opportunity to work and enjoys the benefits of a job. But not just any job – good, well-paying jobs that are safe and secure.