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Oct 8, 2018

Transcript of Television Interview – David Speers Program, SKY News – Monday, 8 October 2018

Subjects; Sydney Opera House, IPCC report

DAVID SPEERS: Labor’s Shadow Tourism Minister Anthony Albanese has also weighed in on this. On Friday he did so and he copped some criticism for it. He actually defended the use of the Opera House for this sort of promotion, at least the promotion that the Opera House itself had agreed to initially. I spoke to Anthony Albanese a short time ago.

Anthony Albanese, thanks very much for your time this afternoon.

ANTHONY ALBANESE: Thanks for having me on.

SPEERS: Do you think the Opera House should be used to promote The Everest horse race?

ALBANESE: Well of course we have to actually understand what this dispute is over. The fact is that there’s agreement that the colours should be used of the horses, the numbers should be used – this is a dispute over whether the trophy should be used. So the Opera House board and Louise Herron have no problem with the colours and the numbers. This is just over the trophy for the ten minutes that will take place tomorrow night.

SPEERS: That’s an interesting point to make. So the whole dispute is really about whether that logo of the trophy is to be included as part of the imagery. The Opera House had already agreed to the colours and the numbers?

ALBANESE: That’s right. Of course the fact is that the Opera House is used for projections. Every single night there’s a projection on the other side of the Opera House but on that side, of course, for events including Ashes tests, rugby tests, St Patricks Day, World Aids Day, World Diabetes Day, of course as well as the big events like New Year’s Eve…

SPEERS: There was even a Samsung promotion too apparently.

ALBANESE: And there was a Samsung promotion. What I have said as Shadow Tourism Minister is that it is reasonable that we promote major events in Sydney. Now I didn’t back in the Racing NSW plan and I actually think that Louise Herron’s position of support for a minimal projection is a reasonable one and Gladys Berejiklian should consider just supporting that and supporting Louise Herron.

SPEERS: What’s the difference then in including the trophy image? Do you have a problem with that? What’s the difference between, you know, showing the colours and the numbers and showing the trophy?

ALBANESE: Well that is what the dispute is over now. That’s what the difference is between Louise Herron and the Berejiklian Government. What there is is a need to have clearly, a whole of people clearly are understandably upset about this issue, it’s projected a lot of emotion. People need to have a review and the Berejiklian Government should have a review of the uses of the Opera House and get someone in, an expert opinion, and people can submit their views to that process. I think that would be a wise thing given how engaged people are on this issue.

SPEERS: And that’s an interesting idea.

ALBANESE: Well the fact is that many people weren’t aware of the number of times in which projections onto the Opera House, since that was made possible by new technology, have been used and what I said last Friday…

SPEERS: Is it different with horse racing? I mean there’s this list of events that have been used on the Opera House but is horse racing, which is obviously linked to gambling, is that any different here? That’s what seems to be upsetting a lot of people.

ALBANESE: Well of course there’s gambling on rugby tests, there’s gambling on cricket as we know, some of it very unfortunate circumstances is how we know that it occurs. What we need here is a bit of a step back once we get through this process. The Berejiklian Government should consider supporting Louise Herron’s position. Tomorrow night it’s just over whether the trophy is shown or not.

SPEERS: And to be clear on that, you don’t think the trophy should be shown?

ALBANESE: I don’t have a strong view frankly, but given that the Opera House board have a view and Louise Herron has a view, I think it would be reasonable that their view be respected. Let’s be clear about one of the reasons why this is a major issue – it’s because of Alan Jones’ inexcusable behaviour in his interview with Louise Herron last Friday morning.

SPEERS: I was going to come to that. What did you make of that interview?

ALBANESE: I only found out about that interview well after I’d made my comments that were actually before that interview with Louise Herron. Louise Herron did Alan Jones the courtesy of going on his program. She said on his program that she supported the Opera House being used for minimal projections. And Alan Jones was rude, was offensive and his behaviour was inexcusable. He has had a record of doing that from time to time. The great hypocrisy here is that Alan Jones was strident in his criticism of Luke Foley for supporting Cheree Toka, a young Indigenous constituent of mine, and her proposal and campaign, to fly the Aboriginal flag from the Harbour Bridge 365 days a year, was treated with disdain and was outrageous according to Alan Jones. He needs to consider the way in which he conducts these interviews and I think that is one of the reasons why there has been such a strong response.

SPEERS: Is that what you think a lot of this outrage is about? People think that Alan Jones has too much influence in these sorts of decisions in NSW?

ALBANESE: There’s no doubt that that is the case. That is a view. And one of the problems with 24 hour media reporting is people often don’t get the timelines. So a whole lot of people, for example, weren’t aware that my interview was before Alan Jones so they were saying, why didn’t you comment on Alan Jones’ interview? Well I didn’t even know about it.

SPEERS: It hadn’t happened at that point?

ALBANESE: It hadn’t happened. And the same as Racing NSW have said and there’s no reason to doubt them, quite clearly, they’ve been in negotiations with the Government and the Opera House for many, many months. Luke Foley put out a media release two weeks ago talking about projections on the Harbour Bridge not the Opera House. One of the problems is that timelines in modern media can all run into each other so that people get two and two and get 84 out of it.

SPEERS: Look at the end of the day, final one on this issue. Does it strike you, there are a lot of things we can get outraged about in this world, in this country, I mean how does this really rank when you look at the amount of attention, the amount of oxygen that’s been spent on this issue?

ALBANESE: I do think it has been an unfortunate debate. I disagree with Scott Morrison when he says the Opera House is Sydney’s largest billboard. It’s much more significant than that. It is an important cultural institution. It’s an architectural gem. It really highlights the great Sydney Harbour that makes the city that I love so important. Indeed, the interview I did on Friday in part spoke about – a little informal review – The The concert, which I went to at the Opera House last Tuesday night.

The fact is that the Opera House is a treasure. It needs to be treated as such. But the other thing is that it is an asset in terms of sending a signal when something is shown, when the Opera House is shown, then the whole of the world sees that an event is being conducted in Sydney. Of course this horse race is about not just gambling, isn’t my concern, I’ve been to Randwick Races once in my life. I don’t gamble.

What I am concerned about is promoting tourism and promoting Sydney as a destination. One of the points that I made in the interview last week is that as well Melbourne promotes its major events much better than Sydney does. That’s just a fact and that has consequences for employment and economic activity here in what is Australia’s global city.

SPEERS: And quickly, the big issue of the day, the release of the latest IPCC report on climate change. It’s suggesting that coal-fired power needs to be phased out by 2050 to avoid dangerous temperature rise. What do you think? Should coal-fired power be phased out by then?

ALBANESE: Well this is another wake-up call. One of the things that we’re seeing is that renewable energy, increasingly right now, is more viable economically than going and building a new coal-fired power station. That’s why, in spite of some of the Government’s rhetoric, and Scott Morrison bringing a lump of coal into the Parliament, there are no private sector operators wanting to go out there and build a coal-fired power station here in Australia. What we need to do is to be a part of the global solution to climate change. That requires the co-operation of the entire international community but it’s not helped when…

SPEERS: But here in Australia, whether anyone builds a new one or not, should it be phased out is the question; should coal-fired power be phased out by 2050?

ALBANESE: Well the fact is that what is happening here in Australia is that increasingly as coal-fired power stations reach the end of their life, like Liddell will in coming years; they’re closing, and the energy sector is looking towards renewables, battery storage, hydro, in order to fill the gap. That is something that is happening; the market right now is doing that here in Australia.

SPEERS: So no need for the Government, no need for a future Labor Government to actually accelerate that?

ALBANESE: Well, the fact is that that is happening. A future Labor Government will have a target of reducing emissions by 45 per cent by 2030, and having 50 per cent renewables by 2030. We have support for that, and wherever I go – tomorrow I’ll be up in Far North Queensland, and on a visit earlier on this year with Bob Katter, I visited Kidston and Kennedy. These are very large wind and solar projects in Far North Queensland. Those projects alone are enough to power over a million homes. They’re going ahead right now, as we speak.

SPEERS: Well I wonder, just let me ask you this one finally: the report today also says we need a shift in diet towards less meat, a responsible-consumption, sustainable diet. I’m not sure in Far North Queensland how they’d feel about that, but what about you? Are you prepared to change your own diet?

ALBANESE: Well, I do eat meat and I do quite like eating meat, and I think in terms of diet I haven’t seen the report on that, but I think increasingly as I get older I must say, I’m more attracted to vegetables than I was as a young fellow, and I think that’s got something to do with just the ageing process rather than any ideological.

SPEERS: You’re not trying to save the planet?

ALBANESE: I’m not trying to save the planet. It’s just a fact that one of the great things in Australia that’s happened is that our cuisine has got much, much better. When I was a lad I thought there were two vegetables – there were peas and beans – and they both came out of the freezer.

SPEERS: Right. Anthony Albanese, good to talk to you. Thanks for joining us this afternoon.

ALBANESE: Thanks David.

Oct 5, 2018

Transcript of Radio Interview – ABC Sydney, Breakfast Program – Friday, 5 October 2018

Subjects; Sydney Opera House and tourism

ROBBIE BUCK: Just been called by Anthony Albanese, he’s had a busy morning in the media, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Tourism. Good morning.

ANTHONY ALBANESE: G’day.

BUCK: What do you make of it?

ALBANESE: Look I, with my Shadow Tourism hat on, think anything that promotes tourism is a good thing. The fact is that Melbourne does use the Melbourne Cup to its great advantage and it’s known as the events capital of Australia. Sydney needs to do much better.

BUCK: So you reckon that using the Opera House to promote a horse race is a good idea? Good use of the Opera House and its intention?

ALBANESE: People should chill out a bit. The fact is that this race is beamed around the world. People do associate Sydney with the Sydney Opera House. I think any time that the Sydney Opera is shown on TV in Beijing or London or Washington or wherever else is a good thing for Australia. Tourism employs a million people and we need to take every opportunity there is to promote Sydney as Australia’s global city.

REBECCA DE UNAMUNO: It’s interesting with the Opera House being so iconic and so many people have worked within the Opera House itself and have performed in the Opera House and it has held in such high regard when it comes to artists and performers who work there. Does advertising on the sides of a building that is encasing your work, do you think that will have some sort of negative impact on those that work there?

ALBANESE: No I don’t think it undermines it at all. And the Opera House has changed. I was there on Tuesday night to see The The. It used to be the case that you couldn’t see – if you had said to me 30 years ago that I would have seen bands like New Order and The The and Paul Weller at the Opera House.

BUCK: Yes, but you can argue that they are cultural and they are artistic and that obviously resonates with the intention of what the Opera House was built. Advertising a race, a horse race, it would seem like a very different kind of cultural event, wouldn’t it?

ALBANESE: Of course it’s different, but the horses aren’t running up and down the sails, nor are they running around. This is using essentially those magnificent sails as a billboard to advertise Sydney, and that’s what happens on days like Chinese New Year.

BUCK: Oh alright. Yes.

ALBANESE: We have the Opera House sails painted red. The fact is that it’s an asset that can be used and I just don’t see that there’s a big down side to it at all.

BUCK: How was The The by the way?

ALBANESE: The The were magnificent. Matt Johnson was very very good and I have got to say, I saw the Pixies there too. Thirty years ago, the truth is I remember there being a debate. I’m old enough to know that there was a debate about whether more modern cultural forms should be able to perform at the Opera House or whether it should be kept to the Symphony Orchestras and the opera. The fact is that it is a great asset and we should be very proud of it.

BUCK: All right. We know where you stand as well. Anthony Albanese thanks for calling in this morning.

ALBANESE: Thanks for having us on.

Oct 5, 2018

Transcript of Television Interview – The Today Show – Friday, 5 October 2018

Subjects; Malcolm Turnbull’s audio recording, Labor’s policy to extend preschool access to 3 year olds, Pyne in Afghanistan, Theresa May

KARL STEFANOVIC: Well “miserable ghosts”, that what former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott in a leaked audio clip this week on Nine News.  For more I’m joined by Anthony Albanese and Christopher Pyne from Adelaide. Good morning to you both.

CHRISTOPHER PYNE: Good morning.

ANTHONY ALBANESE: Good morning.

STEFANOVIC: Albo, you miserable ghost.

ALBANESE: I don’t think anymore was referring to me.

PYNE: No, he’s no miserable ghost.  He’s still there.

STEFANOVIC: Aren’t you here?

PYNE: He’s very much in the flesh.  Probably too much flesh quite frankly.

STEFANOVIC: That’s a bit rough on a Friday morning.

ALBANESE: He’s mean.

STEFANOVIC: How worried are you about Scott Morrison at the moment, Albo?

ALBANESE: Well, we’re not worried at all. We’re getting on with the job of leading from opposition once again this week – the preschool for three and four year olds. An exciting program; 700,000 people will benefit.

STEFANOVIC: I’ll get onto that in just a sec. But how worried are you about Scott Morrison?

ALBANESE: We’re not worried about the Government because the Government has given up governing. So what we’re doing is leading from opposition with policies, getting ready for the election and we’ll put those policies to the electorate, and we’ll compare them with the rabble and the mess that is the Government.

STEFANOVIC: Why don’t people like Bill?

ALBANESE: Well the fact is that they are liking Labor. People I meet like Bill. I like Bill, and we’re out there campaigning as a Labor team on policy.

STEFANOVIC: Okay Chris, Labor is promising to subsidies 600 hours of preschool for 700,000 children. That is good policy, isn’t it?

PYNE: Well unfortunately as usual with Labor they announce a policy and then the detail goes haywire. So first of all they said it would cost $1.75 billion over four years, then it was over two years, and then they said the states and territories would pay for it. They have absolutely no idea whether the states or territories would pay for it. They’ve got no plans for infrastructure. It reminds me of when they were in government last time, and they had cash-for-clunkers, or they had the laptops in schools program, or overpriced school halls.

STEFANOVIC: It is good policy; this will go down well in middle Australia.

PYNE: Well we are already spending over $440 million a year getting more children into preschool, if that’s where they want to be, if that’s where their parents want them. So what Labor is trying to do is come up with unfunded policies that someone else is going to pay for. It reminds me exactly of the Rudd-Gillard Government, which was a complete shambles. Every one of their policies was massively overpriced, and completely under-delivered, and I can’t believe that Anthony couldn’t even say that with a straight face that he likes Bill.

ALBANESE: The fact is this is good policy. The fact is that when they talk about they’re currently educating some 4 year olds, that’s our policy, that’s due to run out, and we are extending that and extending it to 3 year olds.

PYNE: Who’s paying for it?

ALBANESE: It’s fully paid for.

PYNE: Oh really. You changed the numbers yesterday.

ALBANESE: That is not true. And today…

PYNE: It was $1.75 billion, and then it was $3.5 billion.

ALBANESE: You can yell Christopher to try and hide the fact that you don’t have any policies. Today we will be announcing in addition that 10,000 of the 100,000 places we said would be fee free in TAFE would be allocated for early childhood educators because we want to make sure we get people there.

PYNE: That’s a policy you dumped in 2012.

STEFANOVIC: Okay, you’re also – Bill Shorten earlier this week saying that negative gearing tax incentives would be used – abolishing those – to pay for it. Is that true?

ALBANESE: Sorry, I was busy listening to him yelling in my ear.

STEFANOVIC: The negative gearing tax incentives?

ALBANESE: Well all of the changes that we’ve made – what we’ve done is made some hard decisions. Those hard decisions including changes to negative gearing, changes to various tax arrangements.

STEFANOVIC: How will that affect the housing market?

ALBANESE: Well the negative gearing measures won’t impact on the housing market in terms of any bad affects. What it will do is do what negative gearing was designed to do, which is to encourage new supply because negative gearing will still be available for new housing, and also, of course, it’s grandfathered so it won’t impact anyone’s current investment.

PYNE: Every time Labor opens their mouth Karl, they’re taking more of your money. That’s the bottom line. More taxes, higher taxes…

ALBANESE: What we’re doing is investing in kids, and if you think this bad policy…

STEFANOVIC: Gentlemen, gentlemen.

ALBANESE: If you think it’s bad policy get rid of the policy that we put in place for 4 year olds that you’re currently… Just get rid of it now.

PYNE: Karl, the last time they announced this policy about teachers…

STEFANOVIC: Gee you are in a very grump mood this morning Christopher Pyne, You can’t keep talking over everyone.

PYNE: I’m just telling you the facts.

STEFANOVIC: It’s just not very nice.

PYNE: Anthony will talk forever unless someone interrupts him, that’s the bottom line. The last time Labor had this policy on preschool teaching…

ALBANESE: I think you’ve had a pretty fair go Christopher.

PYNE: They scrapped it themselves in Government because it didn’t work.

ALBANESE: One thing about this noise Karl, they can’t put forward any policies of their own.

PYNE: You’ve been saying that for five years. It’s a very boring line.

ALBANESE: You’re not putting anything forward. This is Labor leading from opposition and it’s leading in a very important policy area.

STEFANOVIC: On a policy of this magnitude, you must have consulted with the states?

ALBANESE: Well of course we’ve consulted widely. Look everyone knows Karl, let me tell you who we’ve consulted with primarily, every single parent knows that early childhood education, that investment in the early years pays off.

STEFANOVIC: But the states will have to support it, the states will have to run this. So have you spoken to the state governments about it?

ALBANESE: Well of course the states run all services, that’s the truth in terms of education and hospitals. That’s the federal structure that we have. But already yesterday we had Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews showing leadership, coming on board, providing the funding that will be there for Victoria and we’re confident that all of the states and territories will come on board because this is good policy.

PYNE: They haven’t consulted with the states and territories and they’re writing cheques the bank won’t cash. It’s unbelievable, bad policy.

STEFANOVIC: Christopher I know why you’re so feisty today.

PYNE: Tell me.

STEFANOVIC: Because you’ve been stroppy, one might say a little bit peaked. You’ve been in Afghanistan haven’t you?

PYNE: Yes I was, I was in Kabul last week visiting our troops there in Kabul in Camp Qargha. They’re doing a marvellous job in Afghanistan it must be said. Just one example, 17 years ago there were 800 000 kids in school in Afghanistan, today there are 8 million and 40 per cent of them are girls so what we’re doing there is working but we’ve got a long way to go.

ALBANESE: They are doing a great job. I’ve got to say to Christopher though that I was worried on the Today Show last week when I turned up and Peter Dutton had taken his place. I thought ‘finally Peter Dutton has had a successful coup’.

STEFANOVIC: He’s alright, he’s back.

ALBANESE: Finally.

STEFANOVIC: That’s nasty.

ALBANESE: Finally, but once again it couldn’t last a week.

STEFANOVIC: I want to end on a brighter note because you two have been at loggerheads. Theresa May is leading way on the international stage. Have you seen during the week what she was up to?

PYNE: I have, I have.

ALBANESE: Don’t do it.

STEFANOVIC: This is her, Theresa May…

ALBANESE: Viewers, go and get a cup of coffee.

STEFANOVIC: Have we got Theresa?

Footage of Theresa May dancing on stage.

STEFANOVIC: That’s what I want to see from you guys. I want to see some dancing on a Friday.

PYNE: I like the fact that she’s embracing that story, from her dancing in Africa. Good luck to her.

STEFANOVIC: Are you going to do a little bit of dancing for us?

ALBANESE: Ah, no.

PYNE: Everyone knows that Anthony’s a shocking dancer.

ALBANESE: I’m still in a bit of shock at that footage.

PYNE: He’s a good DJ.

ALBANESE: You have to come to one of my DJ sessions Christopher.

PYNE: I would love to actually.

STFANOVIC: Well there you go, it’s a date. We got some resolution. We achieved something finally today.

PYNE: He’s not so bad after all.

STFANOVIC: There you go.

ALBANESE: He’s better than Peter Dutton.

PYNE: I’m a great fan of Peter Dutton’s.

STFANOVIC: Careful. Over to you guys.

 

 

Oct 4, 2018

Transcript of Doorstop – Cudgen, NSW – Thursday, 4 October 2018

Subjects; The National Party’s destructive plan for Cudgen farmlands, Labor’s National Preschool and Kindy Program

JUSTINE ELLIOT, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR RICHMOND: We are here today with Anthony Albanese, our Federal Shadow Minister and also Craig Elliot, our Labor candidate for Tweed, and also these wonderful community members.

We are here today to highlight the National Party’s unfair plan to impose a hospital here on the Cudgen plateau. The fact is that this is the wrong site for a hospital. We’re also highlighting the fact that if a hospital was built here it would mean massive overdevelopment in this area and the adjoining village of Kingscliff.

A seven storey hospital here means we would see Gold Coast style overdevelopment at Kingscliff. Our community doesn’t want that. Labor has announced that our preferred site for a hospital is in fact Kings Forest. The hospital can be built quicker there and a much bigger hospital can be built there as well.

I’d like to thank all these fantastic community members who have campaigned so hard on this really important issue and I’d really like to thank Anthony for coming here today to join our community campaign to save Cudgen farmland.

ANTHONY ALBANESE: Thanks very much Justine and it’s great to be here with yourself and Craig Elliot, our Labor candidate for Tweed in the state election. Before I talk about this I do want to make some comments about the big announcement that Federal Labor has made today about providing preschool for all three and four year olds. We know that early childhood is absolutely critical in a child’s development into a young boy or girl and then into adulthood.

Those early years can make such a difference to the career prospects and the opportunity that young people will have to make the most of their lives. This announcement builds on what we did in Government of providing preschool education for four year olds. What we’re seeing internationally, if we’re going to compete on the basis of how smart a country we are, we need to compete on the basis of giving every young person the best opportunity in life. That’s precisely what this announcement today will do – some $1.7 billion. One hundred million dollars of which is for adjustments for the state and territories to transition to this when it comes into place by 2021.

This is an exciting announcement. It builds on our commitment to education, be it early childhood, school education through fair funding, university and, of course, TAFE that’s so critical.

For this meeting today here we are on the Cudgen plateau. I’m pleased to be here with the Federal Member, the state candidate and, importantly, with local community members showing our concern. I’m here today as the Acting Shadow Environment Minister but also as the Infrastructure Shadow Minister concerned about planning. This is an example of planning gone wrong. Here we have prime agricultural land that is so important for our national economy and also for local jobs. And yet they want to convert this into a hospital site.

The only way that makes sense is to look at what the knock-on effects are; the knock-on effects for development. Here we have a pristine wetland area. The Kingscliff community is so important. The fact that it has kept that three storey limit on development. There’s no doubt in my mind that this is aimed at opening up overdevelopment and changing the very character of Kingscliff.

Good planning is consistent with the community and is consistent with the character of that local community. Kingscliff is a very special place. I’ve had the opportunity to come here on many occasions, both for work but also for a holiday. The tourism sector here is very important as well. And as Shadow Tourism Minister what I see is that this area provides a unique tourism experience. We don’t want it to compete with the Gold Coast. What you want is different tourism experiences up and down the coast. The Gold Coast provides that high rise experience that people want with the density of restaurants and activity. What people want here is very special and it’s important that it be kept, both for local residents and for visitors to the area.

So for reasons of the environment, for reasons of planning, for reasons of tourism, this is the wrong site. They should listen to the community and make sure that they listen to the experts about the site of this new hospital.

CRAIG ELLIOT, NSW LABOR CANDIDATE FOR TWEED: My name is Craig Elliot. I’m the Labor candidate for the state seat of Tweed. The next state election on March 23 will be a referendum on where Tweed residents decide and determine where the next public hospital shall be built in Tweed. It’s a clear decision. The National Party want to concrete and bitumen high rise over prime agricultural land that we see here today. Labor has a better, more rational, more reasonable response to that. We will build a better, faster, on-budget hospital at Kings Forest. So as I say, it’s a referendum: where do the people of Tweed want a hospital?

From my perspective, overwhelmingly, the people of Kingscliff have rejected the National Party and, overwhelmingly, support Labor’s position of building a hospital at Kings Forest and in doing so protect the farm lands of Cudgen.

HAYLEY PADDON, COMMUNITY MEMBER: I’d just like to thank the Labor Party for coming here again today and express how much this community does not want this hospital to be built on state significant farmland. Our campaign is based on saving state significant farmland for future generations to come and for food security. The sweet potato market, we have 20 per cent of Australia’s market in this area of Cudgen and for such a small area that’s a huge quantity of produce that we send out to markets all over Australia.

Our campaign has been very strong. The commitment from the community to stand behind us and save this red soil for future generations has grown to 5,000 people on a Facebook site, over 7,500 signatures in 13 weeks. We will keep pushing. We say no. The community says no – not here. There were 37 other sites. Choose again, pick another site.

JOURNALIST: Why have you come here in particular? I’m sure that there’s a lot of infrastructure projects across NSW that people have got problems with. Why is this one special?

ALBANESE: It is special because at this time when we’re talking about the need to support our farmers, here we have farmers who are doing a great job, providing food for people’s tables, providing jobs for the local community, providing for the national economy and this prime agricultural land is under threat when there are other options.

It is an example of bad planning and the National Party are known for bad planning. They are known for looking after their mates, rather than looking after the community. This is a great example of that, common sense should prevail. I’m here also because up and down the coast I’ve been very concerned as the Tourism Shadow Minister with what’s happening in many of our pristine areas – areas where working families can go for a holiday.

You have on the coast here; we had a function last night, a gathering of locals at Kingscliff Surf Club. There you have the two parks where people can go for relatively low cost with their families for their annual holidays, for school holidays. That’s so important that that be protected. And this is a very special place. It’s important that we keep what makes Australia special just that.

[ENDS]

Oct 3, 2018

Transcript of Doorstop – Lismore – Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Subjects; Kevin Hogan on the crossbench, marriage equality, Coalition Government in chaos

PATRICK DEEGAN: Today was the launch of our campaign for Page and it’s been a great opportunity to have important Labor people here like Anthony Albanese and Senator Jenny McAllister to support us and to really get our message out there to the community that Labor really is the party of fairness and equality. Labor is the party that will restore penalty rates. Labor is the party that will listen to the needs of the community. That’s what I’ll do as a candidate. I’m already doing it. I’m out there listening to people and it’s really just fantastic to get the campaign in full motion and getting our message out there to the community.

JOURNALIST: What is the community telling you?

DEEGAN: Well the community is telling me that they have had enough. They are fed up with the chaos in Canberra. They are really disappointed and dismayed that the National Party and the Liberal Party are continuing this chaos. They are confused about Kevin Hogan sitting on the crossbench. And they’re really hurting – their penalty rates are being cut, resources are being cut from their schools, nurses are struggling and people in aged care are finding it difficult to get the help that they need.

JOURNALIST: Considering what happened with Kevin Hogan recently, do you think you’ve got a bit of a step up to take victory next election?

DEEGAN: Well what Kevin does is Kevin’s business and that’s not my focus. My focus is on listening to the community. What prompted me to get into politics is for 20 years I’ve been working with the most disadvantaged people in the community and, in that time, I would have expected things to get easier for people, things to get easier for families. What I’m finding is that it’s getting harder. That’s why I’ve put myself out there to be the candidate, to stand up for the people of Page and to ensure that people of this electorate are no longer taken for granted and that they get a fair go.

JOURNALIST: Speaking of disadvantaged people, what’s the Labor policy on Newstart? It’s been said for years that it’s impossible to survive on that allowance. What’s the policy as far as perhaps increasing that?

DEEGAN: These are important policies and they are policies that Labor always takes very seriously. They’re policies that Labor puts a lot of consideration into and when Labor was last in power Labor looked at social services. They raised the aged pension, the first significant raise in many years. So the ability for people to make ends meet and keep a roof over their head will always be a priority for Labor.

JOURNALIST: Has the community lost faith with Kevin Hogan?

DEEGAN: What I’m hearing is they’re disappointed. They are feeling really let down. They are let down by a Member who is cutting their penalty rates, who voted against the Banking Royal Commission, who voted to cut funding from schools and hospitals. They are really disappointed and they are really keen to have a candidate who will actually listen to, and fight for, the community, which is what I intend to do.

JOURNALIST: Why has it taken you so long to get into politics?

DEEGAN: Why has it taken me so long? Well I’ve been involved in different ways for many years, working on campaigns. It’s just the right time for me. It’s the right time for me to step up and put myself forward as a candidate.

JOURNALIST: How important is the seat of Page for Labor?

DEEGAN: Well Page is a very important seat. It’s a seat where, for many years, whoever wins Page forms government. But it’s not just important because of that. It’s important because, well to me in particular, I’m part of the community. My family has lived in this area for generations and I want to see the best opportunities for people in this electorate.

JOURNALIST: Considering what happened recently with Kevin Hogan moving to the crossbench, do you think Patrick’s got a bit of a step up when it comes to the election?

ANTHONY ALBANESE: Not at all. I think that what we’ve seen here is that Kevin Hogan put his hand up and said the Government is not worth supporting. That’s why he is sitting on the crossbench, but he is still in the National Party. He himself has condemned the circus that is the Government, of which he is a part. That’s why Australians are sick of this Government. This Government is out of touch and out of time and out of ideas. They are incapable of governing.

We’ve seen a Government for the first time in history shut itself down just a few weeks ago because they were incapable of continuing to sit on the Thursday afternoon. We’ve seen a Government that can’t explain why Scott Morrison has replaced Malcolm Turnbull as the Prime Minister of Australia. They say they were going well, but why was Malcolm Turnbull replaced? This is truly the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government – the ATM Government – whereby they are essentially giving money out to people who don’t need it but those who do need it from the ATM Government can’t get anything from it.

JOURNALIST: But it’s not just the Coalition that people are disillusioned with, it’s the two major parties. So why should people then vote for Patrick?

ALBANESE: Well Patrick Deegan is someone who is from this community, who will stand up for this community.

JOURNALIST: Why wouldn’t they vote for the Greens?

ALBANESE: Because Labor has led from Opposition. Labor has led on issues like the Banking Royal Commission. Labor has led when it comes to the Aged Care Royal Commission. And the fact is that Labor is the alternative party of government. We have prepared a sophisticated policy, not just what people want to hear, we have a responsible policy in terms of returning the Budget to surplus – having a stronger surplus than the current Government is projecting. We’re prepared to make tough decisions in the national interest. That’s something that the fringe parties won’t do.

JOURNALIST: Where was Labor when it came to same sex marriage?

ALBANESE: Well I was the first person who introduced a Private Members Bill when it came to giving same sex couples equal rights. That was in 1998, well before any minor party was doing anything about it. I’ve been an advocate, as have many people within Labor, and it is Labor’s campaign that was successful in changing the opinion in the end. The Government was very reluctant to do anything and we had, what we think, was $120 million that didn’t need to be spent on finding out what we already knew, which was that people in Australia are tolerant, are respectful of diversity and that marriage equality is now a reality and hasn’t undermined anyone’s marriage that existed before.

JOURNALIST: Do you think Mr Hogan’s move to the cross bench could backfire on him? Or do you think there’s an undercurrent within the electorate of people going: ‘Well good on him for throwing up his hands and saying what’s happened, not just during the Coalition era but also during the Labor era, isn’t good enough?’.

ALBANESE: Well the problem is you can’t do both. You can’t run as a National Party candidate – if he runs as an independent he might have some credibility in sitting on the cross bench. Mr Hogan isn’t saying he’ll do that, he wants the best of both worlds. He wants to be able to sit on the crossbenches while being a part of the Government.

JOURNALIST: Will he get kudos from the community for actually doing something and making a stand?

ALBANESE: Well he hasn’t made a stand. That’s the problem. He’s made a gesture. Making a stand would be to resign from the National Party and run as an independent. That would be something that would be taken seriously. As it is, he wants to be Deputy Speaker. He’s only the Deputy Speaker because he’s a member of the National Party. He still sits in the National Party caucus. He’ll be running as a National Party candidate. In the preselection that was held at Casino many people in his own party voted for an empty chair rather than vote for Mr Hogan. Both Mr Hogan and Mr Abbott have been challenged by empty chairs.

The most successful up and comer in the Coalition is an empty chair, because throughout the country that is what is going on. And that says a lot about Kevin Hogan and the way he’s seen by members of his own party. The fact is that him moving to the crossbenches was him putting his hand up and saying: ‘This Government’s hopeless; this Government’s incapable of governing the nation’. Well the way to fix that is to vote for Patrick Deegan and to elect a Labor Government and to elect Bill Shorten as Prime Minister.

JOURNALIST: Speaking of Mr Shorten, why is that you’re doing this particular tour? Are you the most popular man in Labor and is that why you launch these campaigns rather than the Prime Minister?

ALBANESE: Well we didn’t have Prime Minister Morrison launch this campaign.

JOURNALIST: Sorry, forgive me, the Opposition Leader.

ALBANESE: Well you are forgiven for not knowing who the Prime Minister is, because there are many Australians who wonder who the Prime Minister will be next week. It’s pretty clear that they’re a rabble.

JOURNALIST: Back to the question I should have asked. Why you and not Mr Shorten? Are you more popular?

ALBANESE: No I launch lots of campaigns right around the country. And I’m a part of Bill Shorten’s team. This is my third campaign launch in the last ten days – in Victoria’s State Election, in the New South Wales State Election and in the Federal Election. I get right around the country. It’s something I’ve done for a long period of time and I’m always available to back in good, progressive candidates. Patrick Deegan is just that.

JOURNALIST: Mr Albanese, Patrick Deegan may be a good candidate from your perspective and the community may take to him like a duck to water, but if there’s still an enormous sense of frustration with the two major parties, what is going to get Mr Deegan over the line? No matter how personable and how genuine we feel he is, if people in the community don’t feel he can make a difference in Canberra then they’re not going to vote.

ALBANESE: Well what they will know is that there will be, after the next election, either a Coalition Government led by the rabble that is there now or a Labor Government. They’re the options that they have before them in terms of who forms a Government in this country. And one of the reasons that I’m in the Labor Party, and one of the reasons why I campaign for Labor members to be represented, rather than people from fringe parties no matter whatever their merit, is that if you’re a part of a government party that makes decisions, then you’re a part of real change. You can make a difference to measures such as social security, to healthcare, to school funding, to infrastructure funding. All that crossbenchers can do is wait for a decision to be made by the Government and decide whether they’ll protest against it or not. They can’t actually make decisions, and social change and progressive change comes about by governments making decisions. It doesn’t happen by accident. It comes about due to determination and Patrick Deegan will be a very important part of that.

[ENDS]

 

Oct 3, 2018

Transcript of Radio Interview – FIVEaa Adelaide, Two Tribes segment – Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Subjects; Afghanistan, Banking Royal Commission, submarines

HOST: Good morning to Anthony Albanese and, back on deck, Christopher Pyne. Good morning to you both.

CHRISTOPHER PYNE: Good morning gentlemen, it’s nice to be back.

ANTHONY ALBANESE: Good morning. Welcome back, Christopher. Anne did very well last week. I thought your position was in jeopardy.

PYNE: (Inaudible) thought that 5AA were going to bone me.

ALBANESE: I thought they were.

PYNE: Yes, well, they’ve been wanting to bone you for a long time. I keep insisting that they keep you.

HOST: Because he makes you look good, is that the thinking there Chris?

PYNE: That’s exactly right. I don’t want (inaudible) Labor person on the show.

ALBANESE: It takes a lot to make Christopher look good. He looked good in that gear in Afghanistan, didn’t he?

HOST: That was a very smart look.

PYNE: It was a very interesting few days, I must say, in the Emirates and Afghanistan. They’re doing a marvellous job, our soldiers over there.

HOST: How long were you in Afghanistan, Chris?

PYNE: I was there overnight in Kabul, two days, and I was in the Emirates for a day.

HOST: What’s it like going to a place like Kabul? Is it pretty intimidating?

PYNE: Well it’s fascinating. It’s a war zone and it’s a very dangerous one. There were eight terrorist attacks in the area around the protected part of Kabul in the 72 hours before I got there. Missiles fired at our camp at Camp Qargha on the 19th of September, which thankfully didn’t cause any casualties but did a bit of damage…

HOST: So a nice break after the recent party room meeting then?

PYNE: It was actually probably safer in Afghanistan than it was in Canberra (inaudible). There are seven million people living in Kabul now and 17 years ago there were 450,000. And there are eight million children at school in Afghanistan now, 40 per cent of whom are girls. And 17 years ago there were 800,000. So there’s been a lot of change but a lot of work to do unfortunately. It’s not a conflict that’s going to be resolved quickly and it’s our longest running conflict of 17 years that we’ve ever been involved in. So it’s a pretty serious business.

ALBANESE: I think it’s a very good thing that Christopher went. For the troops to see that there’s bipartisan support from the representatives of the Australian people, for what they’re doing over there making a difference. The ways to combat terrorism aren’t just about security; they are about things like education so I’m very pleased that Christopher raised that.

HOST: Hear hear to that. Now enough of the bipartisanship.

ALBANESE: Yes, let’s get into it.

HOST: This Banking Royal Commission – this untoward outbreak of love has to end. We’ve had a lot of feedback, Chris, over the last few days since the interim report on the Banking Royal Commission was produced. What more can the Government do to stop the banks get away with what they’ve been getting away with?

PYNE: Well that’s a good question. Already the Government has established the Australian Financial Complaints Authority, the banking executive accountability regime, given $17 million more to ASIC and new powers to actually regulate the banks. But I think we now need to examine this report closely, which is what Josh Frydenberg is doing, and return with a regime that ensures that banks put the customers first and profit second. I mean the really damning evidence out of the Royal Commission, and they had nine thousand written submissions and it’s the interim report so there will be a final report in the coming months. The really damning evidence was the fact that there was so much greed involved in trying to get money out of customers as opposed to looking after customers’ money, which is what the banks have always been for.

HOST: What’s Labor’s position on this now Albo? Having seen the interim report, you guys are champing at the bit to go after them, aren’t you?

ALBANESE: Well we need to hop into some of these roosters. I mean these people have ripped Australians off. They’ve behaved not just in an unethical way, but in a way that breaches the law, it would appear, in a range of ways. We need to hold them to account. That’s why we called for the Banking Royal Commission. Don’t forget that Christopher voted against the Royal Commission, like Scott Morrison, 26 times. They said it was a waste of time, that it was a stunt.

Quite clearly it was necessary. This is why you have a Royal Commission. Not why they want to have them for, which is always into their political opponents. This has been in the Australian people’s interest and one of the things that we want to see is more of the victims have the opportunity to tell their stories and get their evidence out there and that’s why Clare O’Neil is going to be holding hearings including, I think, today in Adelaide to provide people with that opportunity to tell their stories.

PYNE: Well I’m glad we established the Royal Commission and I think the Parliament was…

ALBANESE: Glad we forced you into it.

PYNE: Well I’m glad we did it.

ALBANESE: 26 times … (inaudible).

PYNE: I mean we could go back in time to when Bill Shorten was the Minister responsible and a lot of these big scandals broke across the financial sector. But I’m not going to be political about it because I think what’s more important is that we did create the Royal Commission, there is a report, it does have recommendations. I’m sure Labor will support the Government in implementing those recommendations and we need to move forward protecting the consumer, who should be our number one priority.

ALBANESE: Well we’ll be leading, not supporting the Government, which is what we’ve had to do on these issues – leading from Opposition.

PYNE: Well I’m not sure to point score. I think political point scoring is passé.

ALBANESE: Because you’ve been –

HOST: Can we move off the politics of the Royal Commission for the moment and move to the future submarines project? Because a lot of our listeners, they rightly, I think, see that it’s an integral project in the economic future of South Australia and there’s some question marks that have been raised by some cross bench Senators, Cory Bernardi and others, Christopher Pyne, in recent days when it comes to the strategic partnering agreement, this thing that needs to be signed before we get underway with the design phase and get the ball really, seriously rolling. And they’re saying given the delay they’d like the see the project be revisited. My question to you is, is there a chance that this agreement won’t be signed before the next election?

PYNE: Well there is a contract. It’s called the design and mobilisation contract and it’s been in place for the last two years and unfortunately a lot of people, of course, don’t understand the intricacies of it. It’s a massive project. There’s a design mobilisation contract which is operating now. The next contract is the strategic partnering agreement, which is over the next several decades and it’s important that it be got right. The submarine project is on schedule and it’s on budget. The planning for the submarine yard and the design of that is underway right now and works will start very soon. The design of the submarines is underway right now. There are 40 Australians in Cherbourg France working on the design and the workforce is starting to be set up at Osborne, through the Naval Shipbuilding College and by Naval Group. So nothing has stopped because of the strategic partnering agreement negotiation. They were always going to take a long time, because it’s the most important part of the project in terms of the length of time – the next three decades. So I’m making sure Australia’s interests are foremost and the French are making sure that they get a fair deal as well and I think that is important. And I hope the South Australian public remember that Rex Patrick, Tim Storer, Cory Bernardi and Stirling Griff lost their nerve and said we should abandon a $50 billion project, which is not only critically important for our economy but vitally important to our national security, and that should be our number one consideration.

HOST: Are we assured of the sustainment work on the existing Collins class subs as they continue to fill the breach until the future submarines hit the water?

PYNE: Well by 2024 there will be 5,000 people working at Osborne. To put that in perspective there are now about 1,800 people working at Osborne. So there’s a huge increase in activity. There’ll be the Hunter class frigates being built next door to the submarines that are being built following on from the offshore patrol vessels and we have no plans to move sustainment and maintenance at this stage from Osborne,  because it’s where it’s being done. But of course we need to have contingencies, depending on what happens over the next ten year, but there are no plans to move that sustainment and maintenance. But you’ll always find an expert in defence, a retired Commodore, Admiral or General or whatever, who all have an opinion about these things. But I’m the person in charge of this project and I can tell you it is on time, it is on budget and it will deliver 12 regionally superior submarines for Australia.

HOST: Albo, the ABC are reporting Federal Opposition sources that suggest if a strategic partnering agreement, this current stage of the process that Christopher Pyne has outlined, if it’s not signed before the next election then you guys could in fact review the entire project. Is that accurate?

ALBANESE: Well it’s not my area of responsibility, of course, so I’m not on top of these issues. That’s the truth. But I think it is fair to say that we have to be bipartisan on this issue. We recognise that this is a very important project for South Australia in particular, but also for the national interest, and I would hope that we would work these things through. And I would hope that what would occur would be any questions that Labor has over these issues should be raised with Christopher directly and worked through. Because we don’t want this to be the subject of any argy-bargy.

HOST: Absolutely, good on you. Anthony Albanese. Christopher Pyne. Two Tribes, done it again.

Oct 2, 2018

Transcript of Radio Interview – 2CC with Richard Perno – Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Subjects; Greg Inglis, The Footy Show, Malcolm Turnbull’s comments, GST, Fuel taxation, Wentworth by-election, Katy Gallagher fundraiser

RICHARD PERNO: There’s your bloke Anthony Albanese. Souths you see. We won, the Roosters got in so chuck your (inaudible) tail between your legs and goodbye.

ANTHONY ALBANESE: Don’t be rude about it. Gee you Roosters are good winners aren’t you? The way you treated Billy Slater on the weekend – I thought that was pretty ordinary too.

PERNO: Well I suppose it was ordinary, Anthony Albanese.

ALBANESE: Well he has been a great player for his club, his state and his country. I think that given he’d retired a little bit of generosity wouldn’t have hurt.

PERNO: Now if you could get Greg Inglis in a room Anthony Albanese, what would you say to him?

ALBANESE: I don’t think I could say anything to him that he wouldn’t be feeling himself. He has apologised for what clearly is an error of judgement. He was drinking the night before; he thought he would be okay to drive. It’s a salutary lesson that, as he said in his press conference, everyone needs a plan B. He is, let’s put it in perspective here, he has apologised, he has done the wrong thing, he has paid a heavy price. But that doesn’t change the good things that he has done. You spoke about why was he out in Dubbo. This is a bloke who drove to Dubbo and back to help young Indigenous people. There were 30,000 people at the Aboriginal Knockout Carnival. He paid for the footy jumpers and the gear and stuff for all the kids for that local team. He gave up his own time. He was filmed cleaning up at the ground after the game. He is a very humble bloke and he has my respect. He has made a mistake and has paid a heavy price for it.

PERNO: Yes, I could keep talking about the fact that if he went the wrong way, and he was over the speed limit and over the alcohol limit though Albo. He shouldn’t have been driving, he should have been getting better advice, he should have known better.

ALBANESE: Well that’s right and he has said that. But from time to time mate, if you’ve never made a mistake in your life…

PERNO: Never, never made a mistake.

ALBANESE: Put your hand up and I await your beatification.

PERNO: OK, I’ll stand up. Halo to you all Albo.

ALBANESE: But the fact is that he has conceded, he didn’t try and duck it. He has apologised for it, but this is a guy who has been a great role model. I think the thing that would hurt him most is the fact that he is that role model, particularly for Indigenous Australians. I know him well and he is an outstanding Australian who has made a mistake. That’s what happened and he has not tried to duck it. He has not tried to provide excuses. He was wrong to do it and he has paid a price.

PERNO: OK, so has The Footy Show. It’s gone after a quarter of a century.

ALBANESE: Well I’ve enjoyed The Footy Show over the years but I’ve probably watched it less and less. As time goes on these formats can get a bit stale. They tried various things, changing formats and moving people on but it didn’t seem to work. I think now, one of the reasons why it has suffered probably to be fair to it, is that now people can actually watch football games a lot more than they could in the past with a lot more games being shown on TV. It used to be that you got to watch the Sunday game of the round and, before that when I was young, the Saturday was the big game of the round and that was about it. Now you have footy on Friday night, three games on a Saturday, many of them of course on pay TV but people go to the local pub or club to watch it with their friends. So I think it probably isn’t all that surprising that time’s up.

PERNO: I think those sorts of things that went on in the show didn’t kind of last the test of time. Oh, by the way, Roosters captain Boyd Cordner is going to replace Greg Inglis as captain of the Kangaroos. That’s just come through.

ALBANESE: Yes well Boyd Cordner, of course, did a very good job with the NSW side this year so congratulations to him. I think it’s unfortunate that GI won’t get to fulfil that as a great Indigenous player. I think that when people think about the immortals, Greg Inglis will be a future immortal. He is probably the only player in the current Australian side that’s been named who is in that position.

PERNO: Okay, do you want to talk politics Anthony Albanese?

ALBANESE: Happy to just talk footy mate.

PERNO: Okay, all right. So what did you think about the AFL Grand Final – no I want to talk to you about, who are these ghosts that we’re talking about? Ghosts, these miserable ghosts as Turnbull called them, Rudd and Abbott. Do you agree with him?

ALBANESE: Well the fact is as Kevin Rudd has pointed out; he has been in New York for five years so it’s a bit unreasonable I think to put him in the same category as Tony Abbott. The fact is that Malcolm Turnbull has remained in the public eye and that’s not all that surprising because it must be pretty frustrating for him. He has been removed as the elected Prime Minister and no one will tell him why. More importantly, they won’t tell the Australian people why that happened.

PERNO: Well he could also become a miserable ghost himself Anthony.

ALBANESE: He’s in danger of doing that. It’s understandable that he is disappointed because of the way that the removal occurred – in the end a three way contest virtually. The fact that Scott Morrison keeps saying what a good job Malcolm Turnbull was doing but can’t say why he was replaced. And the fact is that he’s quite right that they were, at the least, competitive. They were on 49 per cent, which for a Government at this stage in the cycle is not a bad position to be in and he had led as preferred Prime Minister in 58 Newspolls in a row.

PERNO: Alright as far as being an ex-Member of Parliament, should they just leave, go away, get out of here, leave? Anthony what do you think?

ALBANESE: Well it’s a decision for them I think, but certainly if you’re someone like Tony Abbott at the moment I think that his colleagues would want him to leave. His colleagues in his local branches, many of them voted for an empty chair to represent them in Warringah rather than endorse Tony Abbott. I think that if there’s a good Independent candidate – if Michael Regan, who’s the Mayor of the Northern Beaches Council, decides to run as an Independent he’ll give that seat a real shake, because Tony Abbott has shown that he’s out of touch with the views of that electorate on the Northern Beaches on issues like marriage equality and climate change.

PERNO: Sure OK, let’s move to the rejig – what could happen, Anthony Albanese – of the GST. How are you reading this?

ALBANESE: Look well we’ll wait and see what the Government actually proposes. They seem to change their mind every week. We proposed whether there needed to be a legislative change with a floor on the GST level that would be given to states and Scott Morrison said it wasn’t necessary and he appears to have a different position when he’s over in Perth. We’ll see what his position is when he’s in the national capital in a weeks’ time.

PERNO: And Albo we’ll see what his position is once the Federal Election draws up and the bribes start being handed out. What do you think?

ALBANESE: Well I’m not sure what you mean exactly by that, but I think that one of the issues with the GST is you can’t say one thing in one state and another thing when you’re in a different state.

PERNO: That’s right.

ALBANESE: There’s a formula there. Quite clearly Western Australians have felt aggrieved at the hands of the Commonwealth. But one of the reasons why that’s occurred, I believe, is that they haven’t got their fair share of support for infrastructure investment from the national Government and that’s something that we’ve been pointing out over the last few years.

PERNO: Alright now 75 cents in the dollar that the states raise they reckon will go back to the states. When are we going to get rid of the double dipping on our petrol Anthony Albanese? We’re paying twice. You can call it a levy, you can call it what you want. We’re paying the GST, we’re paying a petrol tax as well. They’re getting it twice.

ALBANESE: Well the whole issue of fuel taxation, of course, is something that will require some revision over coming years as increasingly we move to electric vehicles. That’s something that Paul Fletcher, the former Minister for Urban Infrastructure, was interested in having a look at and indeed he was talking about having a committee of inquiry to look at it and wasn’t able to get it through his own Cabinet. So we await Government deliberations on that, like a lot of things. The problem with this Government is it’s stopped governing.

PERNO: Stopped governing?

ALBANESE: It’s stopped governing, it doesn’t do anything. It moves legislation in the Parliament and then you don’t hear it again – during the last sitting fortnight I was dealing with legislation that was introduced in 2016 and it just sat there. This is a Government that changes its mind on policy all of the time. It’s hard to keep up with it. So it’s hard to respond some of the time because by the time you’ve read a media release from the Government they’ve changed their policy position, or indeed, they’ve changed their Minister. I’ve dealt with four Infrastructure Ministers in the last couple of years.

PERNO: Yes and maybe who’s going to be Prime Minister next week as well. Two names or two words to throw at you Anthony Albanese – Kerryn Phelps.

ALBANESE: I think she’ll give Wentworth a real shake. She’s a formidable person, I know Kerryn reasonably well since her time with the AMA and as an advocate for marriage equality. We’ll wait and see how she goes in this by-election.

PERNO: But she doesn’t want you, she wants the Libs to be preferenced.

ALBANESE: Well these preferences don’t matter all that much for people who are going to finish, in all likelihood, first or second in the ballot. But we’ll wait and see what happens. But she’s entitled to say that. But of course one of the things that will happen is people themselves get to fill in their ballot paper.

PERNO: They do to, don’t they? Yes, I suppose that’s a democracy. Hey Albo the DJ at Katy Gallagher’s fundraiser on the 17th – you’ll be playing a DJ Albo role at Katy Gallagher’s fundraiser at Balthazaar in London Circuit in the city. Are you a good DJ?

ALBANESE: Some people think I am. So we’ll wait and see, you’ll have to come along –

PERNO: Is it BYO mirror ball or what?

ALBANESE: It’s not up to me to judge. It’s BYO dancing shoes.

PERNO: Are you a good dancer?

ALBANESE: See that’s why I get to DJ you see, because I get to play music I like and impose my taste on people.

PERNO: What sort of music? What are you going to play?

ALBANESE: Well my tastes are very much sort of independent music. I’m going to see The The at the Sydney Opera House tonight. So maybe you can play Uncertain Smile to the 2CC audience.

PERNO: No I’ll pass. No I’ll pass. Sorry pass.

ALBANESE: It’s a good song.

PERNO: Pass.

ALBANESE: They’ll like it. Your ratings will go up mate I promise.

PERNO: No we don’t need any more of those we’ve got plenty of those. Alright so it’s going to be Katy Gallagher’s fundraiser. Who’s the money for?

ALBANESE: I think it’s a fundraiser for Katy Gallagher’s election.

PERNO: Alright OK, it’s a warm and friendly for the warm and friendly.

ALBANESE: It’s a Labor Party event. It’s just a bit light-hearted. It’s better than having a rubber chicken event that so many fundraisers are like.

PERNO: What’s wrong with a rubber chicken?

ALBANESE: You haven’t had enough if you don’t know what’s wrong with it.

PERNO: Rubber chicken, OK. I’ll leave it I think there. Member for Grayndler, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Tourism.

 

Oct 1, 2018

Transcript of Doorstop – Sydney – Monday, 1 October 2018

SUBJECTS: Scott Morrison admits responsibility for half a billion dollar reef cash splash; quotas in Parliament; the ATM Government neglecting Western Australia

ANTHONY ALBANESE, ACTING SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER: Today there are reports that Scott Morrison has taken responsibility for the extraordinary decision of the Government to grant $444 million to in a one-off payment to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

This privatisation of responsibility for Australia’s most precious and vulnerable environmental asset is outrageous. What we have as a result of this is not just bad policy for the environment, this is bad economic policy as well because Prime Minister Morrison has conceded that the only reason why this one off payment of almost half a billion dollars was made was to fiddle the budget figures in terms of returning to surplus sooner than would otherwise occur.

As a direct result of this, you will have Government departments and agencies actually having to apply to a private foundation in order to receive funds to deal with the environmental protection of the Great Barrier Reef. This privatisation of an essential function of government whereby the reverse of normal is occurring that is public government departments and agencies applying to a private foundation to receive what is in effect public funds, is something that requires more than Scott Morrison to do a drop to a paper on the Monday of a public holiday.

The fact is that what governments have done after numerous Audit Office reports is to put in place proper expenditure provisions for government financing. What this payment does is mean that in the order of $11 million will be paid in interest by Australian taxpayers each and every year because of the increased level of government debt.

What we know also is that because this payment was made one off on the 28th of June, in order to get it out before the financial year last year ended, this payment can be seen as just a fiddle rather than representing any rational expenditure of government funds.

Governments ask for milestone payments to be made for any infrastructure project as a result of avoiding that one off payments to make sure that the expenditure is being done for the purpose in which it was granted. What we have with this almost half a billion dollars is that the money can be spent on administration of a private foundation rather than spend on actually fixing up the Great Barrier Reef.

There was no due diligence made prior to this almost half a billion dollars being forwarded. This represents bad economic policy, it’s bad for the environment and it shows that Scott Morrison has no judgement. The fact that he is prepared to take responsibility for this shows that he just doesn’t get how important not just environmental protection is of the Great Barrier Reef but he also doesn’t get how important good economic policy is and good fiscal policy because this one-off payment in order to fiddle the budget figures is not justifiable.

JOURNALIST: So what do you think of the rise of Scott Morrison. Is he a more dangerous threat than Turnbull?

ALBANESE: Well these revelations show that Scott Morrison is pretty loose with public money. The fact that he was prepared as Treasurer to suggest this payment in order to manipulate the budget figures shows indeed that he is not a sound economic manager. It is not surprising that we’ve seen the government debt double on the Coalition Government’s watch for the most time of which he was the Treasurer in the ATM Government, the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government. And in this one off almost half a billion dollars we see the ultimate expression of the economic irresponsibility of the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government, they are truly an ATM in which this private foundation has come along and got half a billion dollars of cash almost out the door in one payment. This is extraordinary.

JOURNALIST: What do you think of the idea of having so-called ‘Rainbow quotas’ in Parliament?

ALBANESE: Well I don’t know that anyone has that idea.

JOURNALIST: So you’re opposed to Rainbow quotas, explaining that Bill Shorten thinks that should be on there should be quotas on all things marginal in Parliament that rather than be elected on merit?

ALBANESE: What we need to do is to make sure that we have a Parliament that is truly representative of the people that we seek to represent and Labor is getting on with the job of doing just that. We have almost 50 per cent representation of women. That’s a good thing. We’re stronger for that. We’re more representative for that and democracy is strengthened.

The crisis that is there in the Coalition with regard to women’s representation won’t be solved by trying to raise distractions or issues which simply aren’t there. The crisis in terms of representation is the fact you’ve had Jane Prentice knocked off by a bloke. You’ve had two women say because of the intimidation they have experienced as Federal Coalition members they’re not even going to re-contest in terms of preselections. This is a crisis which the Liberal Party seems incapable of dealing with.

JOURNALIST: Is this a dangerous extension though of what is being called identity politics?

ALBANESE: Well the fact is that what Labor has in place is only a target for men and for women to be in the Parliament. That’s a target which has been achieved has been achieved it must be said without setting aside any particular seat that had to be filled by a woman candidate. The fact is we achieved it because of cultural change within the Labor Party. One that recognises good women and good men putting themselves forward for the parliament.

And if you have a look at the Coalition I mean the Coalition have blokes on their backbench who struggle to read the question let alone ever be capable of answering a question. If that is merit based then they should have a good look at themselves and the fact is that a strong woman like Julia Banks has chosen to withdraw as a candidate from the Parliament. The fact is Jane Prentice who would have made a very good minister in my view for cities or urban policy, Jane is someone who has played a role in the Parliament. She was senior on the Brisbane City Council. She is a very capable member of Parliament has just been rubbed out in a preselection by an ambitious young bloke because the culture of the LNP at the moment is one that doesn’t value 50 per cent of the population.

JOURNALIST: The government is clearing off the barnacles in Western Australia, fixing GST revenue. What do you make of this of this trip?

ALBANESE: Well the fact is that this is a Government that has difficulty relating to people right around the country. One of those issues has been Western Australia whereby I’ve been to Western Australia eight times this year and one of the things that Western Australians have been concerned about for a number of years is the fact that there isn’t a single new major infrastructure project underway in a way that wasn’t commenced and funded by the former Labor government.

What they’ve done is rely upon the former Federal Labor government’s funding of projects like Gateway WA, like the Swan Valley bypass that they renamed North-Link, but it’s the same project. Like what they did with the Forestfield Airport Rail Link whereby what they did was to take $500 million out of the budget in 2014 as part of their cuts to rail infrastructure that wasn’t commenced and then put $480 million back a couple of years later and called it a new project. West Australians are onto the fact that this government has taken them for granted and the fact that Julie Bishop has been ostracised from the government, the most senior West Australian in the government and someone who was doing I think a job that was respected throughout the Parliament, says it all about why the government is in trouble in Western Australia.

But they’re in trouble right around the country and I think West Australians will also wonder why this advance payment of half a billion dollars was given to a private foundation on the Great Barrier Reef, I mean where does that stop? Are we going to have private foundations funded to look after Ningaloo Reef and to look after our other precious environmental assets?

Thanks very much.

ENDS

Sep 28, 2018

Transcript of Doorstop – Sydney – Friday, 28 September 2018

Subjects: ABC political interference; Banking Royal Commission.

ANTHONY ALBANESE: Thanks very much for joining me. I’ve decided to hold this press conference as a former Communications Minister, because I know what the responsibilities of the Communications Minister, when it comes to ensuring the independence of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, are. The fact is that we now know that on the 15th of June at the meeting where the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, called in the Chairman of the ABC, Mr Justin Milne, to complain about journalists coverage of various issues, in particular to complain about Andrew Probyn and reporting about the date of the by-election that was held for the Super Saturday on the 28th of July, there was another person there as well and that person was the Communications Minister, Mitch Fifield.

Now Mitch Fifield has a particular responsibility as Communications Minister to ensure the integrity of the ABC Charter is upheld, to ensure the integrity of that separation between the public broadcaster and political interference is assured. What we know now, as a direct result of that meeting, Mr Milne felt that so severe was the criticism of the Government that it imperilled funding for the ABC, which he saw and it led to him demanding that the ABC CEO shoot Mr Andrew Probyn. For Mitch Fifield to sit in that meeting is quite extraordinary. Mr Fifield has a responsibility to, during that meeting, say that he respected the fact that the ABC Chairman should operate separate from political interference. Quite clearly that just didn’t happen.

What’s more this morning we know that Scott Morrison has gone on radio in Melbourne and has not ruled out the amalgamation of the ABC and SBS. What we know is that the Government, in its most recent Budget, cut $83 million from the ABC and they set up a process of consideration of efficiencies, but that consideration explicitly rules out the amalgamation of ABC and SBS. It does it for very sensible reasons, that they’re separate organisations with very different roles and responsibilities in the Australian media landscape. So here we have Scott Morrison leaving that open, in spite of the fact that the Government’s own review of the efficiency dividend called for to cover up for the $83 million cut that he has Treasurer imposed on the ABC, he’s now talking openly about amalgamation.

But we know of course that what the Government really wants is what the Liberal Party has explicitly said they want, which is privatisation of the ABC. The attacks must stop and for as long as Mitch Fifield is the Communications Minister then we’ll know that this is a Government determined to undermine the independence and integrity of the ABC. The Government should shift Mr Fifield to a different portfolio and we need a Communications Minister who can uphold that high responsibility that he has.

Mr Morrison has also today appointed an Acting Chair of the ABC and I just hope that due diligence has been done over this appointment, because we know that there’s a real cloud over all the ABC Board members, given that they knew about Mr Milne’s emails to Ms Guthrie for a week and didn’t say anything about it – didn’t appear to think there was anything wrong with it until it was leaked to the media before they were prepared to even raise any criticism. This draws a real question over the entire membership of the ABC Board as it stands. Happy to take questions.

JOURNALIST: So do you support the appointment of Dr Kirstin Ferguson?

ALBANESE: Well it’s not up to me to support it. What it’s up to me to do is to hope that the Government has done due diligence. I think there’s an issue over the entire board membership at the moment and what their role was when they knew this information. They knew about the emails, they saw the emails from Mr Milne to Ms Guthrie clearly, clearly asking, as the Chairman, for interference on the basis of essentially a political request from the Government. They knew that and they did nothing about it.

That’s why we need a full and open, transparent enquiry. That’s what Labor’s called for, that’s what we’ll initiate in the Senate so that this information can all be got out there and I should imagine the ABC Board members will be called before that enquiry. There are other issues as well have been raised about this particular appointment and I just hope the Government has done its due diligence on this.

JOURNALIST: Mr Morrison this morning was saying that he hasn’t seen anything to indicate that the board, the rest of the board, should stand down. I mean, do you think that they should be thinking about their jobs going forward?

ALBANESE: Well of course they should, because as board members they are responsible for ensuring that there’s not political interference in the ABC. And what we’ve had is that various people at the ABC have spoken about – people like Don McDonald – Mark Scott was, of course, in charge of the ABC while I was the Communications Minister and Stephen Conroy -was appointed by the former Coalition Government. He did his job effectively and diligently. Various chairs of the ABC – Don McDonald, Jim Spigelman – all did their job regardless of who they were appointed by in a diligent fashion.

What we have here is board members who receive reports and emails with the detail there clearly, explicitly calling for journalists to be removed in order to appease the political views of those precious petals who make up the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government, who don’t like any criticism at all. And let’s be clear about the issue that was raised at the June meeting between Mr Morrison, Mr Milne and Senator Fifield as the Communications Minister. The issue was over whether there was any political input into the choosing of the date of those by-elections. Now other journalists wrote that too. Phil Coorey in the Australian Financial Review today, states very clearly that Cabinet Ministers have said to him, that there was a political choice made to choose that date. Now the Prime Minister, former Prime Minister Turnbull, has indeed been criticised by his own side both publicly and certainly to me privately about the 12-week campaign for the by-elections which follows the longest campaign in political history in 2016. And going to Malcolm Turnbull’s judgement, you have Cabinet Ministers and people who were a part of the Dutton and Morrison challenges to Malcolm Turnbull, saying that it was Malcolm Turnbull’s judgement drawn into question with the choosing of that date. The Speaker we know consults with the Leaders of the political parties before choosing a date, and we know very explicitly that Labor objected very strongly to the choosing of that date. And said it should be held, those by-elections should be held, as soon as possible.

And we know there was inconsistency with those dates and the dates in which Barnaby Joyce’s by-election was called and the Bennelong by-election was called. So for Mr Milne to be hauled over the coals to such a degree whereby he felt that the Government’s ongoing support for the ABC was in question and the only way to avoid that was actually to have journalists sacked, and that he argued that case in writing to the CEO of the ABC, and the members of the board saw those emails and did nothing about it for a week after Ms Guthrie was removed from her position and Justin Milne remained the chair, seemingly with the absolute confidence and support of the board, that raises very real questions here and that’s why we need a full and transparent inquiry.

But that’s why, also, Mitch Fifield’s position as Communications Minister is untenable. The Government should be able to find something for him. He doesn’t have to be made an envoy. They can find something for him where he can’t do damage to the national broadcaster. But I can’t see how he can remain in that position, given he sat in on that meeting on the 15th of June.

JOURNALIST: Do you think there is a sense of urgency in appointing a new permanent Chairman of the ABC? And should the terms of service be looked at?

ALBANESE: Well, they need to get it right, that’s the first thing. So whoever the Chair is needs to be an appointment that will restore confidence in the fact that the ABC is a public broadcaster not a Government broadcaster on behalf of the state. I mean, you know what we’ve seen with all of this, is a Government determined to control reporting of it, which journalists work where – and there’s a word for that. It’s called totalitarian. That’s what totalitarian regimes do. Here in Australia, in a democracy, with a public broadcaster that we cherish, it is vital that it be protected. I believe that the ABC has overwhelmingly the support. That doesn’t mean that everyone in Australia always likes what’s on the ABC. It certainly doesn’t mean that every politician likes everything that’s on the ABC. From time to time, there wouldn’t be any politician that didn’t object or disagree with an angle that the ABC took on a particular story. But that’s not the point. They have a right to complain, what they don’t have a right to do is to intimidate the ABC to the point whereby we essentially have journalists’ jobs being drawn into question.

JOURNALIST: So considering the current situation with the board, I mean, do you think that the entire board should, you know, stand down and leave way for a fresh leadership team at the top there?

ALBANESE: Well I certainly think the questions need to be answered, of why it is that a Board Member could see an email like that from Justin Milne to Ms Guthrie and not believe that was worthy of further action being taken to ensure the ABC’s Charter was protected.

That’s why we need an inquiry. It may well be there’s an explanation, but I can’t see what it would be. That someone would see that email and not understand that made Mr Milne’s position untenable, as he himself saw yesterday and as commentators’ right across the political spectrum have seen.

JOURNALIST: (Inaudible).

ALBANESE: All of their positions are under a cloud at the moment. And every single one of them who saw that email has to explain why it is that wasn’t worthy of further response. And that’s why we need an inquiry. The ABC is a cherished national institution, it plays such an important role in the cultural life of Australia and its worth protecting. And we certainly are prepared to protect it and I’m sure the Australian community want to protect it as well. Thanks very much.

JOURNALIST: Just a very, very brief one, just about the Banking Royal Commission, sorry. Your thoughts about the interim report coming out today, do you have any thoughts about what is expected today? Considering that Scott Morrison himself, you know he didn’t want it for 600 days or so. Whatever it was, yeah.

ALBANESE: Well what we see today is a damning indictment of many people, not all, but many in the banking and financial services sector. Labor campaigned for this Royal Commission. We said if we were elected in 2016 we would have called it, it would have been finished by now, not handing down interim reports.

Scott Morrison voted against this Royal Commission on 23 occasions, in the Parliament. He called it a stunt. He argued it was a waste of time. What we know, is that it’s been very valuable in bringing out the facts when it comes to the abuse of power that financial institutions have used against some of the most vulnerable people in our community. And there have been some startling revelations, day after day. What is clear is that Scott Morrison has a lot to answer for for why he objected to this on 23 separate occasions in spite of the fact that there was mounting evidence that this Royal Commission was required. This is a Government that wants Royal Commissions into the Labor Party and into its political opponents. It doesn’t want to use Royal Commissions for what it should be used for, which is to get information about big national issues out there on the table so that reforms can occur. What we need to do is to embark on any changes to the financial regulatory system, to ensure that these sorts of stories can’t happen again and that people can have absolute confidence in the financial services sector. Thanks very much.

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Sep 28, 2018

Transcript of Television Interview – The Today Show – Friday, 28 September 2018

Subjects: Inquiry into political interference at the ABC; police chase laws; NRL Grand Final.

KARL STEFANOVIC: Time now to thrash out the week in politics, and hasn’t it been that, with Labor’s Anthony Albanese and, in for Christopher Pyne this week, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. Good to see you guys. Thanks for being with us. Peter, you’re alive.

PETER DUTTON: I’m here.

ANTHONY ALBANESE: Barely. He’s out of hiding. Good to see you Peter.

DUTTON: Little black eye, little bruised ribs. It’s all going well.

ALBANESE: I’m in Melbourne. I went out last night. It’s safe here Peter.

STEFANOVIC: Anything you want to report?

DUTTON: That’s good Albo, nothing to see in Melbourne? No African gangs there?

ALBANESE: It’s safe mate.

DUTTON: You’re a hero mate.

ALBANESE: Come out to dinner.

STEFANOVIC: Gee it’s on isn’t it, already?

DUTTON: You backing Collingwood or what’s going on?

STEFANOVIC: Hey Peter, you’ve had a couple of weeks now to have good, cold, hard, think about things and Albo did call you a cold character in August, but we’re not going to dwell on that. Have you come to any conclusions yet as to why you did it?

DUTTON: Look I think it’s obvious that the Government has done very well under Scott Morrison. I think he’s got a good story to tell. I think people can relate to him. I think he’s down to earth, he’s talking about issues that are relevant to families and I think Albo, you know, might get a chance to pull a baton out again at some stage. It’s sort of snuck out on a couple of occasions that he’s willing to belt Shorten with it at some point, but hasn’t had the guts to stand up yet. So I’d watch this space. I think the Government’s doing well and I think we’re back in the race, which is a good thing because Bill Shorten would be a disastrous Prime Minister Karl, as we well know.

STEFANOVIC: So Peter, no regrets at all?

DUTTON: No, none. And I believe very strongly that we were well on our way to a significant defeat at the election and I honestly believe that Bill Shorten will be a disaster if he’s elected Prime Minister. Anthony Albanese actually believes that as well. If he’s going to be honest he’ll talk about it. So we’re back in the game and Scott Morrison has done I think very well. I think he’s started strongly and I think the Australian public are listening to what he’s got to say and talking about getting power prices down, talking about issues which are relevant to families. I think the Government is doing well.

STEFANOVIC: Albo, Scott Morrison one on one is belting Bill Shorten. When are you going to make a move?

ALBANESE: The Government is in chaos. And for Peter Dutton to talk about leadership issues does show a boldness that he is known for.

DUTTON: Rule it out Albo, rule it out.

ALBANESE: Look I’ve ruled it out a thousand times Peter. What I’m focused on …

STEFANOVIC: All right let’s keep moving, there’s a fair bit to get through. Albo, Labor’s ABC is a mess this morning. The whole board needs to go now doesn’t it?

ALBANESE: The ABC certainly is a mess and board members who can’t do their job should be considering their position. And what the board needs is people on it who will stand up for the independence of the ABC. It is critical that it be a public broadcaster not a government broadcaster. And what we’ve seen is though a mess of the Government’s making. It’s the Government that continues to try and intimidate the ABC, that is so frightened of any criticism at all. These poor shrinking violets blame the media for their own failings.

STEFANOVIC: Well because Labor in its past has never ever tried to intimidate or bully journalists.

ALBANESE: Well they certainly haven’t done bullying and intimidation of the ABC. It’s perfectly legitimate to have a criticism of a news story and to do that publically and to have that debate. What’s not legitimate is to say that people should be sacked for having a different view over a particular report in the way that the Government has behaved over Andrew Probyn, over Emma Alberici, and perhaps others.

STEFANOVIC: Ok Peter, have you ever put pressure on the national broadcaster or any journalist in particular?

DUTTON: No, but I’ve made complaints to the ABC before and I’ve had on-air retractions because there is a bias within some elements of the ABC.

STEFANOVIC: So should the whole board go now?

DUTTON: Well there’s an investigation that’s underway by the Secretary of the Communications Department at the moment. So let that investigation take place, get to the bottom of it, see what the recommendations are and make decisions from there.

STEFANOVIC: There is some call …

ALBANESE: Imagine what the Government would be like if they had to put up with what Labor has from the commercial media. We just have to roll with it. The front pages, the caricatures – all of that goes on against us. The idea that the media is biased against the Coalition in this country is bizarre. When you have the ABC, that from time to time upsets all sides of politics but is overwhelmingly balanced for most of the time, they get upset.

STEFANOVIC: Do you know what you should do, Albo? You should order one of those Senate Inquiries that couldn’t even get rid of Peter Dutton.

ALBANESE: Well, we’ll wait and see.

DUTTON: Try and get a witness that is credible next time Albo.

ALBANESE: There’s still a doubt over whether he should sit in the Parliament. We’ll wait and see. He won’t refer himself to the High Court. He should.

DUTTON: Albo, you’ll back me I’m sure.

STEFANOVIC: All right, let’s move on. I did want to ask – we are running out of time gentlemen. I did want to ask Peter, on a very serious note if I can, about this Queensland Police Officer who is in a critical condition in hospital after another police chase. You used to be a cop, obviously. Aren’t we at the point now where the country does need uniform rules around chases and different technologies need to be examined now, so that we can stop this from happening from both sides?

DUTTON: Obviously the answer is yes, Karl. As I understand it this police officer has only been in the Queensland Police Service for about four years and he’s in intensive care at the moment. So obviously everybody’s thoughts and prayers are with him. That’s the primary consideration. But we’re commemorating National Police Remembrance Day – a number of us will be going to services today. And it’s just a stark reminder of how dangerous the job is. But yes, we do need to look afresh, I think, at the chase laws allowing people to get into stolen cars knowing that they’re not going to be pursued is a very dangerous outcome. And have a look at the investigation and see what can be recommended as a result of this particular matter. But it is a very dangerous job and we need to remind ourselves that we’re a lucky community, that whilst most of us will flee a dangerous situation, police are running into harm’s way to protect us and we recognise that during National Police Remembrance Day.

STEFANOVIC: It’s such an important day. The police union is calling for engine immobilising technology – let’s look at that, let’s try to get something done, let’s get the national Government involved with this as well as – obviously the state governments to try and get some uniform rules going. Thank you gentlemen so much for this, best of luck with your respective teams over the – oh that’s right South Sydney lost.

ALBANESE: Thanks for the reminder mate. I’m totally neutral now.

STEFANOVIC: You’re like the ABC.

ALBANESE: Yes that’s right. Well, we’re all Melbourne Storm supporters now, those of us who are Souths supporters. So …

STEFANOVIC: All right, good on you guys.

ALBANESE: It’s an alliance between Souths and Queenslanders. I think they’ll all be going for the Storm.

STEFANOVIC: Well, there you go, we’ve finally got you guys together. Thanks so much for your time today. Appreciate it.

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