ANTHONY ALBANESE – TRANSCRIPT – RADIO INTERVIEW – 2GB BREAKFAST SHOW WITH BEN FORDHAM – FRIDAY, 12 JUNE 2020
ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER
2GB BREAKFAST SHOW WITH BEN FORDHAM
FRIDAY, 12 JUNE 2020
SUBJECTS: Government cuts to Australia Post; statues being torn down around the world.
BEN FORDHAM, HOST: Albo, good morning.
ANTHONY ALBANESE, LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY: G’day, Ben. How are you?
FORDHAM: I am very well. It is nice to hear from you. What are you calling about?
ALBANESE: Are you enjoying the early mornings?
FORDHAM: Mate, I am really enjoying it. I am enjoying it more than I ever guessed I would. I have a bit of experience with waking up early, but I am getting right into it. Nice to know you are up and listening.
ALBANESE: Well, congratulations, mate.
FORDHAM: Thank you.
ALBANESE: I am ringing because later this morning I will be moving a disallowance in the Parliament about the new Australia Post regulations. What they’ll do is cut back delivery of the mail to two days a week. Now, the Government says, and Australia Post say, that is because people are using parcels. But I tell you what, a lot of your listeners, when it’s my son’s birthday, and I’m sure the same with your kids, they get birthday cards, they get the sort of mail that, particularly people who aren’t into new technology as much as others, rely upon the Australia Post and the posties who they see every day, they have a relationship with them. And this will undermine it.
FORDHAM: So, you’re moving a disallowance motion in Parliament this morning. What are you suggesting? That the current arrangements remain as they are? How do you secure them going into the future considering the way the world is changing with technology?
ALBANESE: Well, I’m suggesting they stay in place. These arrangements are changes to be made for the next two years. There’s no reason why you can’t have delivery of parcels at the same time as you get your mail delivered. It’s an essential service and surely, we are a wealthy enough country to be able to continue to have the letter, the snail mail, as some people call it, still being able to be delivered. There’s all sorts of stories of people particularly in regional communities getting bills so late that they have to pay them the next day, they haven’t put money aside for them. It comes as a shock because of the delays that are already there in the way that the mail is being slowed up. But enough is enough. To cut it back to just two deliveries a week is, in my view, unacceptable. And particularly the older Australians I have spoken to about this who have contacted me are really concerned about it.
FORDHAM: If I can ask you about another thing. The President of the Labor Party, Wayne Swan, has appeared on the Today Show this morning. He’s spoken about all of these statues and monuments being torn down around the world. And he said, ‘I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a debate about whether Captain Cook belongs in a museum’. How do you feel about that?
ALBANESE: My position is very clear, which is that you can’t rewrite history, you have to learn from it. And I’ve always been opposed to the idea of, there was a proposal a few years ago to relocate Captain Cook’s statue in Hyde Park, and I opposed that. I think the idea that you go back to year zero of history is in my view, just quite frankly unacceptable. And you have a proposal, I see as well that somehow it is wrong to watch Gone With The Wind. I mean, for goodness sake, I just think a bit of common sense here, people can watch things, they can learn from them. Doesn’t mean you agree with them. Doesn’t mean that everything that they did was right. But it happened. You cannot pretend that it didn’t happen.
FORDHAM: Thanks so much for calling in and have a good weekend.
ALBANESE: Thanks very much, Ben.
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.